November - Annually
The start of the Christmas season in the Pitshanger area is marked each year by "Light Up The Lane", (LUTL) a celebration of shopping, socialising, amusements, food, song and dance for the local community.
Pitshanger Lane is home to the shops and restaurants serving the Pitshanger area, and it was the Pitshanger Traders who started Light Up The Lane several years ago. Since 2001, the PCA has run the event in close cooperation with the Pitshanger Traders.
Most of the shops in the Lane stay open, selling mince pies, mulled wine, samosas, candy floss and anything else that will raise money for charitable causes. Pitshanger Lane is closed to traffic and there will be entertainment up and down the Lane.
The tree lights - many thousands of them in the trees along Pitshanger Lane - are lit every evening during the Christmas period, cheering up the local area right through to twelfth night.
Needless to say, the weather has a part to play in any open air event that takes place in the middle of winter. Over the years we've had just about everything - wet, dry, mild, cold and even artificial snow one year. However, Pitshanger residents and traders are a hardy bunch and turn out in their thousands whatever the weather.
If you would like to volunteer to help put on this year's event, you can do so here