Press Release: Santa Lights Up Richmond

Press Release: Santa Lights Up Richmond

Family Fun and Entertainment at New Riverside Location

The Richmond town centre 2021 Christmas lights were officially switched on by Santa at Richmond Riverside on Thursday December 2nd.

Riverside was chosen to host the event for the first time, because it provided a safe, spacious location with plenty of room for social distancing. The natural terracing afforded good views for the large family audience and visibility was further enhanced by a big screen adjacent to the main stage.

Watch the video here

Entertainment included:

  • Music and comperes from the Radio Jackie Roadshow
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Children’s parade led by Santa and his elves
  • Festive songs by St Richard’s Primary School, Falcons Prep and Skylarks charity
  • Live performance by Richmond Music Trust
  • The Richmond Corporate Choir
  • Authentic Stormtroopers
  • Juggler

Among the VIPs were Mayor, Councillor Geoff Acton, Council Leader, Gareth Roberts and Be Richmond Chair, Ann Chapman-Daniel.

The event and the Christmas lights and decoration are funded by Be Richmond member businesses.

Be Richmond Manager, Ellen Amorina Storrar said:

“After a years’ absence we were delighted to once again present this important community event. The Riverside location allowed everyone to enjoy the fun safely. We hope that everyone will support Richmond’s amazing retail and hospitality businesses over the festive period.”

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About Richmond

Richmond is an affluent residential district bordering the River Thames. Tranquil Kew Gardens attracts botanical enthusiasts and families with its huge Arboretum, 17th-century Kew Palace, and panoramic views from its Treetop Walkway. Herds of deer roam Richmond Park, a popular picnic spot. The Quadrant main street and nearby roads have eclectic shops, casual and upscale dining, and performances at Richmond Theatre.