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Christmas festivities begin in Luton

The Car Hire Luton Airport branch will start getting the office ready for the Christmas season as the local area is getting into the festive spirit.

Christmas festivities began in Luton over the weekend at The Mall with Santa and his elves arriving and the launch of the interactive snow globe.

Children can visit Santa’s grotto everyday until Christmas Eve and they can go inside the snow globe and have their photos taken. A DJ truck was playing music on Saturday, and there were elves’ giving out balloons and goodie’s from the chocolate fountain.

The Christmas events continue this weekend with Christmas Sparkle in Dunstable and the Christmas lights switch on in Luton. Christmas Sparkle is organised by the Grove theatre and different events will be happening in Market Square, the Quadrant and The Grove, throughout the day. There will be entertainment for the children, the Salvation Army band, arts and crafts, a fun fair, a Christmas craft fair, community performances and Santa’s grotto.

Councillor Sian Timoney said “With so much to do in such a great festive atmosphere, this is certainly a family event not to be missed and a great start to Christmas.”

The day will be rounded off with the lights being switched on by the cast of the Grove’s panto. Hollyoaks actor Aaron Fontaine will be switching on the lights in Luton on Saturday with the Mayor and competition winner, seven-year-old Harley Kelly from Warden Hill School.

The entertainment starts at 10 am, there will be gift and craft stalls in St George’s Square and the Galaxy centre. Throughout the day there will be a Christmas choir competition at the St George’s Square marquee. There is also the chance to have a go at ice skating, thanks to Luton Airport.