Christmas Lights in Dorking
The cast of Dorking Halls pantomime Aladdin will celebrate the switching on of Dorking's Christmas lights from 4pm on Friday 22 November at St Martin's Walk shopping centre.
Master of ceremonies and mischievous entertainer, Mr Crimbo, will be joined by Aladdin (Steven Beale from EastEnders), Princess Jasmine, the evil Abanazar and dotty Widow Twanky. Dorkers, the friendly mascot of The Friends of Dorking, a community group who raise funds for the Christmas lights, will be strutting around and posing for photos. Everyone can count down the seconds until the Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor David Sharland, switches on the Christmas illuminations in the shopping centre and across town at 5pm.
Dorking Gala Night Late Night Shopping
Dorking Gala Night late night shopping extravaganza takes place on Thursday 5 December from 6pm-9pm. This year's theme is 'Arabian Nights' and flying carpets, a stiltwalking genie, comedy camels, fortune tellers and fire eaters can be found across the town centre. A host of fabulous entertainment will be provided by local carol singers, musicians, bands and dancers. The ever popular reindeer will be back, pretending to be camels! The cast of Dorking Halls panto Aladdin will give a sneak preview of their spectacular routines, while businesses across the town will join in the spirit of the event donning 'Arabian Nights' fancy dress costume.
Free Christmas Parking
Free Christmas parking is offered from noon in all MVDC's car parks in Dorking on Saturday 7, 14 and 21 December.
Councillor John Northcott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: "We're delighted to once again support these popular events, which play an important role in drawing people into Dorking and encouraging them to shop and eat locally."
"Remember to look local first by returning to Dorking on Small Business Saturday on 7 December, the initiative that encourages people to shop locally and support local businesses during the festive season. As part of our Christmas free parking offering, there will be free parking in our town centre car parks from noon on this day, so it's even easier to browse Dorking's many interesting shops."
Dorking Gala Night is jointly organised by Dorking Town Centre Management and Dorking Chamber of Commerce and supported by MVDC.