Preston’s Christmas lights are set to twinkle once again this year with a big switch on complete with some celebrity performers.
More than 1.5miles of the city will be lit up by hundreds of thousands of super-bright LED bulbs all funded by city centre businesses via the BID and Preston City Council.
The evening is promised to be packed with performers, including Boyz on Block formed of members from Five, Another Level, Phats and Small and Boyzone.
Organisers have also confirmed there’s one more surprise still to come – so watch this space.
When is the switch on?
Preston is set to be ‘lit up’ during the glittering Christmas Lights Switch On, on Saturday November 23, from 5.30pm but the official switch on time is around 7.45pm.
Where is the switch on?
The Flag Market is once again expected to be packed with thousands of people as the city officially starts its countdown to Christmas.
The event, funded by city centre businesses and organised by the BID, is being staged in partnership with Smooth Radio North West.
What do the organisers say?
Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: “The Switch On is the city’s biggest free family show attracting thousands of people very year.
“Thanks to our partners and sponsors this year’s event is set to be even better with some great live performers lining up for the show – everyone’s invited; we look forward to seeing thousands of people making their way to the city centre and helping us launch Christmas in Preston.”
The event is sponsored by The Fishergate Shopping Centre, Preston’s College, St George’s Shopping Centre, The Walker Williams Group and Walton’s Coach Hire.
Who are Boyz on Block?
‘Boyz on Block’ is a band fused together with leading members of some of the 90’s and 00’s biggest boy bands.
With a collective fifteen number ones and having sold more than 30million records, Boyz On Block will perform some of the biggest hits from their respective bands, Five, Another Level, Phats and Small and Boyzone.
Who else is performing?
The stage show will also feature a vocal performance, from Chloe Rose.
Chloe is singer, ‘Tik Tok’ star and influencer with an online following close to 5million.
Younger members of the family will have the chance to enjoy a ‘live’ stage-performance from superheroes Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, stars of the hit PJ Masks series.
Characters from PJ Masks will also be making an appearance in The Fishergate Centre and St George’s Shopping Centre on the day of the event.
Local signed singer songwriter Harvey Brittain and his band will join the line-up which will also feature a upbeat set from ‘Ska Face’ a ten-piece ska and two-tone band from the county.
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