Festive cheer came and a star-studded line-up to south east London on Thursday as Croydon switched on its Christmas lights.
Crystal Palace manager, Alan Pardew, captain, Scott Dann, and Croydon’s Mayor, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, made an appearance on stage at North End. In a joint effort with X Factor 2015 finalists, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie, they illuminated all Christmas decorations set up across the town.
Festive games, music and dance acts began at 10:00 am, continuing throughout the day in both the Whitgift and Centrale shopping centres, as well as on the main stage.
Crystal Palace Football Club held a Christmas Roadshow in the Whitgift centre, giving young fans a chance to win prizes and meet club mascots, and first team players also held a signing session.
Later in the afternoon Croydon’s pantomime, Aladdin, was performed on the stage with CBeebies stars – Abe Jarman and Jane Deane. The show will be running throughout December at Waddon Leisure centre.
Paw Patrol characters were brought on the stage shortly after, enthralling the youngest audience members.
Headliners Reggie ‘N’ Bollie, warmed up the public with music and a bit of dance. They also announced December 1 as the release date of their second single.
The guests of honour appeared on stage minutes before the end of countdown. Pardew thanked fans for being loyal to Crystal Palace and Dann wished everyone a happy Christmas.
Finally the lights went on to cheering and applause from the happy crowd; who were treated by a surprise appearance of The Crystals, the Crystal Palace cheerleading team.
The closing performance was from the Croydon Salvation Army Band.