Nottingham’s Christmas celebrations start next week with the switching on of the city’s festive lights and the city’s tram network is all set for the popular family event.
Thousands of people are expected to join in the celebrations in Old Market Square on Thursday, November 15 as the countdown to Christmas begins.
Traditionally the event marks one of the busiest nights of the year for the tram and Stephanie Moss-Pearce, NET Marketing Manager, explained: “With so many people wanting to join in the fun when the lights are switched on at 7.45, roads into the city will be extremely busy and parking hard to find.
“By taking the tram, visitors to the event can take advantage of our free park and ride facilities and enjoy a quick and convenient journey to the heart of the seasonal celebrations.”
The big switch on takes place alongside the launch of Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland, which sees the return of the popular outdoor ice rink, seasonal market and many other attractions, including a new 30 metre toboggan slide in King Street.
To make way for all the seasonal fun, trams will not run through Old Market Square between 7.00pm and 8:30pm although a special timetable will be in operation to make sure no-one misses out on the fun.
Between 7.00pm and 9.00pm trams will run every 10 minutes from Hucknall and Phoenix Park to Royal Centre and with the same frequency from Toton Lane and Clifton South to Nottingham Station.
For customers wanting to travel through the city centre during this time, NCT will be accepting tram tickets and customers are advised to use Navy Line or Green Line bus services to continue their journey.
“Throughout the evening we will have staff on hand at key locations to offer advice to customers on how best to complete their journey and the tram stop help points can be used to contact the Customer Services team directly,” Stephanie said.
“Families can also take advantage of our Group Ticket offer, which is available from 4.00pm on weekdays and all day at the weekend and offers unlimited tram travel for two adults and up to three children for just a fiver,” she added.