Maidenhead Christmas Lights – 26th November 2011

Tonight once again marked the occasion of Maidenhead’s Christmas Lights being switched on outside the Town Hall.

As in previous years, we made our way into town, this time choosing to refuel at McDonalds before heading up to St Ives Road for the festivities.

Approaching sunset outside Nat West

By the time we had negotiated the various stalls set up in the road it was already past 5pm and local band Riser were already in full swing, playing the first part of their set.

Riser playing amid the undergrowth

Holly particularly enjoyed dancing along to such classics as Place your hands – Reef, Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol, and even Emily was clapping along!  There were also a couple of Christmas numbers thrown in, with Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens and a final offering of Fairytale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty McColl.

Overall, Riser were very good.  Their speakers certainly worked well!

Following the band, there were the usual announcements about the upcoming Christmas performance at Norden Farm and corny jokes before we finally reached the time for the big Switch-On.


This year, due to inclement winds, the fireworks were launched from the roof of St Ives House, just across the road from the Town Hall.  This arrangement seemed to work very well and the fireworks were certainly the highlight of the evening.

First rockets heading up from St Ives House

The lit Christmas tree outside the Town Hall

Crowds outside Maidenhead Library

After they were over, we had a wander up the High Street and into the Nicholsons Centre to investigate their lights and Christmas tree, before heading home.

Holly and Rebekah on the Giant Tea-cups

The Bear

Looking up the High Street

One of the 'lights'

Queen Street

Bauble reflections

The Nicholson's Centre Christmas tree with Father Christmas' chair

Decorations outside the defunct Waterstone's


More bauble reflections

The girls by the Christmas tree

This entry was posted by philhbray.

3 thoughts on “Maidenhead Christmas Lights – 26th November 2011

  1. Really happy to read this blog, which I found when searching for mentions of Riser! It’s always nice when people hear us and are so appreciative of the sounds we bring, we’re delighted that you had such a good time. Next time you see us (maybe at Cookham Scout Fayre in June?) come say hello!


    • Many thanks for stopping by and also for your kind words.

      We all had a good night and wish you and Riser every success going forward.

  2. Pingback: A review of 2011 – 1st January 2012 | A Few Ramblings…

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