Firework spectacular to round off Willow Brook Christmas lights switch-on event

Christmas Lights Switch-on Event at the Willow Brook Centre in 2015.

New Friday evening spot for popular festive function.

The official start of Christmas festivities at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre will be celebrated with a spectacular firework display on Friday 16th November.

This year’s seasonal lights switch-on is set to be nothing short of sensational, with live music from Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) finalists, fire jugglers and more.

The town square will start to come alive around 5pm with music being played by Bradley Stoke Radio.

Centre manager Andy Wynn, said:

“We’ve got a build-up of music and entertainment for more than two-and-a-half hours before the official Christmas lights switch-on at 7.30pm. We’re extremely excited about all the events we have planned for the evening. This will definitely be a night not to miss!”

Born to Swing, who reached the final of BGT in 2014, will take to the stage with live performances at 5.30pm and 6.45pm. Meanwhile, at 6.15pm, fire jugglers Loz and Marky will wow the crowds with their daredevil act.

The big lights switch-on will take place at 7.30pm and will be followed by a firework display high in the Bradley Stoke sky.

Andy said:

“We’re always trying to think of ways to make the start of the Christmas season a fun, family time to bring the whole community together, so we’re delighted to have a whole evening of entertainment planned.”

There’s plenty taking place at the Willow Brook Centre during the festive season, including a Christmas Craft Fayre on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November.

Small, local and vintage businesses are still welcome and encouraged to book a stall to sell their gifts and goodies.

Stalls are £20 each and can be booked by emailing The weekend is sure to be popular with Willow Brook visitors and is being organised by a national firm that specialises in this type of event.

Live music will provide Christmas entertainment throughout December, with the City of Bristol Brass Band performing on the evenings of Friday 7th and Thursday 20th.

Andy said:

“We’re also looking forward to welcoming the Bradley Stoke churches and schools’ carol service, accompanied by a brass band, on Wednesday 19th December. What better way to feel extra Christmassy than with Christmas carols?”

For more information on upcoming events at the Willow Brook Centre during November and December, visit the website: or follow on social media: Facebook @WillowBrookCentre, Twitter @WillowBrookCtr, and Instagram @willowbrookcentre

Photo: Archive image from the Willow Brook Centre’s lights switch-on event in 2015.

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 11). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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