THIS is everything you need to know about the Tadley Christmas Lights event in 2023.

Tadley’s annual Christmas Tree Lights event will be held on Friday, November 24, starting at 6pm, with the opening of the Christmas Market in the Ambrose Allen Centre, Franklin Avenue.

There will be lots of stalls in the Ambrose Allen Centre selling Christmas gifts and Tadley and District Community Association will be serving a selection of hot snacks and drinks, including burgers and hot dogs.

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This year the Christmas tree lights will be switched on by Melanie Walters, mostly known for her role as Gwen in Gavin and Stacey

The actress will be playing Mrs Darling in The Further Adventures of Peter Pan at The Anvil in Basingstoke from December 8 until New Year's Eve. She will be joined by her co-star Chris Fearn AKA baddie Captain Hook.

As well as the panto stars, there will be appearances from Princess Ariel and The Grinch, plus West Berkshire Rock Choir.

Father Christmas will also be attending the festive evening, with the lights expected to be switched on at 7pm. 

The nominated charity is The Food Pantry at The Link.