ROYAL Victoria Place Shopping Centre in Tunbridge Wells will celebrate the start of the festive season with a special Christmas Lights Switch On Party to be hosted by Heart's Toby Anstis on Thursday.
The event kicking off at 6pm will feature live music performed by a surprise X Factor star and new boy band FTW. The event, supported by the Kent and Sussex Courier, will also see Santa arriving in a magical horse drawn sleigh. Basil Brush star Chris Pizzey who will be playing Muddles in this year's Assembly Hall Christmas Pantomime, Snow White, will be joining Santa to officially open his Winter Wonderland Grotto, at the Food Court Terrace, at 5pm.
The X Factor Star performing the big switch on of the shopping centre lights will be announced on Monday. To find out who it will be check out www.royalvictoriaplace.com or Royal Victoria Place's Facebook page.
Marketing Manager of Royal Victoria Place, Marc Burchett said: "The Christmas launch event is one of the highlights of the Christmas season here in Tunbridge Wells and at Royal Victoria Place we are busy putting the finishing touches to a spectacular night of festive fun to the celebrate the arrival of Christmas here in Tunbridge Wells.
"The highlight will be our spectacular Switch On Party hosted by Heart's Toby Anstis and of course the performance by a surprise X Factor Star on the night, it's certainly going to be a night to enjoy something special. Plus, this kids can meet their favourite Ice Age Characters and we also have Santa's arrival which is always a memorable and magical occasion for the little ones and we're confident that Santa will certainly not disappoint again this year.