We all know that Christmas in Manchester doesn’t officially start until the lights are switched on.
This year it will take place from a new home on Deansgate, near the Cathedral, whilst the Town Hall undergoes renovation, and will be hosted by Hits Radio Breakfast’s Fleur East, Greg and James.
The line-up has finally been revealed, and chart-topping songstress Becky Hill – who shot to fame as the first contestant on The Voice to top the UK singles chart – will be pushing that all-important button.
She will be joined on the night with performances by former CBBC presenter HRVY, and rising girl group Four of Diamonds of X-Factor fame, who spent much of last year supporting Rita Ora on her world tour.
Panto royalty Zoe George will also bring the magic of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, playing this year at the Opera House, and the cast of Gypsy will hark back to the time of vaudeville ahead of their upcoming production at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
The cast of sell-out London smash hit SIX will also be making an appearance, with the wives of Henry the Eighth due to strut their stuff ahead of their season at the Lowry. Nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, it’s sure to be a rollicking good time.
And there’s more. Dr Seuss’ beloved children’s tale of How The Grinch Stole Christmas will be brought to life on stage in a sneak peek of what is to come from the show at The Lowry this festive season.
And, in what is becoming a much-loved annual fixture, the Dance Academy will return with their eye-popping moves – enough to thaw the coldest November night.
Thousands of Manchester people are expected to turn out for the Deansgate show, which will take place this year on Thursday 14th November – the week following the Christmas Markets opening.
However, families are advised to arrive early as once the Deansgate event site reaches capacity access into the area will be restricted.
There will be a family viewing area for those with pushchairs and small children accessed via Cateaton Street. And an accessible viewing platform will be located next to the exit of the Marks and Spencers Car park. This will be accessed via New Cathedral Street (next to Harvey Nichols) and will operate on a first-come basis.
Please note people are being advised not to bring bags to the event where possible, as there will be security checks in operation and bags will delay admission.