Panto stars light up Wimbledon Winter Wonderland


The stars of the New Wimbledon Theatre’s Christmas pantomime switched the lights on for Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland last night.


By Natasha Barr and Scott McWhinney

A visit from Father Christmas and a vibrant parade spread the festive spirit in Wimbledon last night.

Wimbledon was bustling with families turning out to see the firework display and pantomime stars Sam Attwater (2011 Dancing on Ice champion) and Anna Williamson (Toonattik presenter) turn on the Christmas lights.

“We’re very excited to be here and we’re hoping that people will have a good evening and enjoy the fireworks,” said Anna. 

Wimbledon Mayor, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender took to the Centre Court shopping centre roof to thank the organisers and wish everyone an enjoyable evening.

After the display, 23-year-old Richard Asher-Relf, said: “Oh it was phenomenal – you didn’t think it was going to be that impressive but when they were all turned on at once I was in awe. It was like the Aurora Borealis.”

Father Christmas handed out treats and mingled with the crowds.

He said the children of Wimbledon had been very good this year.   

The Parade which included salsa dancers, a brass band and local dance groups, entertained the crowds before the eagerly anticipated firework display.

Kiara and Juni, who watched the parade with their parents, said: “We loved Dance Bites in the parade because we do it.”

AFC Wimbledon footballers danced for the crowds in the piazza and took on any football challengers.

Dan Stevens, AFC Wimbledon’s 1st team coach, said:  “We have lots to look forward to in the New Year but the kids are part of our town and community so we enjoy taking part in the parade.”

Visitors of the wonderland sampled international treats, like crepes, and there were rides set up for kids which proved very popular. 

Wimbledon businesses got in to the giving spirit, many of which had stalls set up handing out free samples.

To complete the Wimbledon Wonderland an ice rink is due to be put up in Wimbledon Park if planning permission is granted on the 8th December.


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