PLANS are being finalised for the switching-on of the Christmas lights in Yeovil town centre – to herald the start of the frantic shopping frenzy in the run-up to the festive season.

Yes, it is that time of the year again, and town centre bosses are lining up a “cracker” of entertainment for the switching-on night on November 26.

The Quedam Centre has once again agreed to host the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights and Mid-West Radio will be compering the afternoon from 4pm with a live broadcast, entertainment and live music.

The Mayor, Cllr Wes Read, will be joined by South Somerset District Council’s chairman Cllr Ian Martin, the captain and mascot of Yeovil Town Football Club, plus the cast of Dick Whittington will be on stage to officially switch the lights on and, of course, Santa will once again be dropping in - it just wouldn’t be the same without him!

From 6.45pm to 8pm the sensational Abba’s Angels will be performing in the bandstand area, while food and fairground attractions will be situated in Lower Middle Street.

The switch-on will begin a whole host of town centre festivities in the build-up to Christmas.

On Sunday, December 13, there will be another Family Christmas Fun Day organised from 10am to 4pm with various entertainment lined-up to suit everyone’s tastes.

Heart FM will be celebrating the 12 days before Christmas from the bandstand with a live show and great games for all the family to join.

There will be carol singing throughout the town with Victorian carol singers in St John’s Churchyard, Hamdon District Brownies and Rainbows in Middle Street and Yeovil Town Band performing from The Borough.

The Snow Queen and her Mischievous Elf are back by popular demand and will delight young and old alike with their antics.

It is hoped to have youngsters performing in the bandstand on late night shopping nights on December 3, December 10 and December 17.

While Christmas markets begin on November 22 through to December 20 with many festival stalls to delight shoppers.

Christmas week market starts from Saturday, December 19, through to Christmas Eve.

Town centre manager, Ian Budd, said: “There is something for everyone in Yeovil this Christmas from entertainment, music, food, festive purchases, you name it, we’ve got it, come on down and savour the delights of Yeovil this Christmas, we look forward to seeing you.”