Ormskirk is shining a lot brighter this Christmas thanks to West Lancashire Borough Council winning £10,000 worth of Christmas lights in July at the Annual Blachere Illuminations Christmas Lights Competition, held by Revive & Thrive Magazine.
On Sunday 25th November, huge crowds flocked to Ormskirk’s Christmas Gingerbread Market and Light Switch On, to enjoy a day of jam-packed activities and entertainment.
The Gingerbread theme was prominent throughout the event with a fabulous ice sculpture carving from Glacial Art, which was one of the main highlights of the day, traditional Ormskirk gingerbread decorating run by Ormskirk’s Mr Thompson’s Bakery and themed story workshop run by Magical Story Jars. Much-loved children’s entertainer Mr Stix provided children’s entertainment throughout and Edge Hill University’s circus performers provided a circus skills workshops for all.
Visitors enjoyed browsing the fabulous stalls selling gingerbread-themed products, delicious food and gifts, not to mention the numerous wonderful independent shops discovered on a Gingerbread Trail around the town.
Ormskirk’s unique Chapel Gallery also featured some great activities and craft stalls alongside caricatures taken away on the day.
The main stage located in front of the Ormskirk’s historic clock tower included performances by a local dance school and ‘Ormskirk Rock Choir’ who wowed the crowds with their favourite well known songs.
Tom Jones tribute act Tony Scarth, a former Stars In Your Eyes contestant sang his heart out in the lead up to unveiling the Christmas Lights at 5pm with the countdown to the ‘Switch-On’ conducted by West Lancashire’s very own Town Crier, Don Evans.
All in all it was a fantastic day & night, with Ormskirk’s biggest and most attended Christmas event ever! We are delighted to have taken part in Revive & Thrive Magazine’s competition and wish all 2019 entrees the very best of luck.