Ottery prepares to sprinkle Disney magic on late-night shopping and Christmas lights switch-on

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 December 2017

The Ottery Christmas lights. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 8256-49-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

The Ottery Christmas lights. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 8256-49-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Disney magic will be spreading across the streets of Ottery as the town switches its Christmas lights on for the first time on Friday.

Crowds are expected to pack into the town for the Disney-themed late night shopping event, which will begin from 4pm when the Gliddons steam traction engine rolls into the town square.

Youngsters can also have their face painted and visit the balloon man as part of the evening’s entertainment and also meet Father Christmas when he arrives in his sleigh during the night.

Residents of all ages are being encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters and head to the parish church at 5.45pm to be part of the torchlight procession which commences 15 minutes later.

The procession will make its way down to the council offices where the switch-on will take place led by the Carnival Queen and princesses.

Shops will remain open until 8pm and visitors will also be able to browse round a variety of stalls.

Organisers have also launched a competition to find 35 dalmatian puppies in shops around the town. Participants can pick up entry forms at Abbott’s, Seasons or the bookshop and have until December 22 to track them all down.

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