CROWDS gathered at The Lexicon to watch the spectacular lights switch on event with an unexpected twist - making this the towns biggest and best Christmas celebration yet.

Bracknell Gymnastics Club switched on the twinkling lights at 5.15pm on Sunday, November 25 with the help of the magical Snow King and Queen which entertained guests and spread Christmas cheer.

Councillor Mark Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development said: “The Lexicon Christmas lights switch on and surprise fireworks created a magical atmosphere for everyone who joined in the festivities on Sunday.

“It was a wonderful community event that brought lots of cheer and joy to our residents and visitors.”

Visitors watched performances from LED drummer band, Spark! An international fire dance show, FlameOz and a sparkling firework display which was a complete surprise for this year’s event.

The evening concluded with a festive musical set from Reading Gospel Choir which crowds also sung along to.

Sue Boor, head of marketing for The Lexicon said: “We were delighted to be joined by so many people to enjoy the Christmas Light Switch on yesterday [November 25]

“We look forward to welcoming even more visitors to The Lexicon over the coming weeks as our Christmas activities continue.”

Yorkshire pudding wraps, German bratwurst sausages and local ales are also available at 15 handcrafted chalets at the Christmas festive market.

Running all the way through to Christmas Eve, visitors can purchase traditional food, handmade gifts, festive cheese, bath bombs and wines.

Kids can also become a ‘certified elf’ by visiting the Elf Academy located on The Avenue next to Patisserie Valerie. Children aged three to 10 can take part in arts and crafts tasks set by the Head Elf adding a bit more excitement leading up to the big day.

Visitors can also enjoy Late Night Shopping, for the weeks commencing December 10 and 17 where retailers will open from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 7pm on Saturday, with usual Sunday opening hours.