It’s Christmaaas in Altrincham as Louise and Noddy switch on lights
Altrincham enjoyed one of its busiest days of the year as thousands flocked to the town centre to join in the Parade of Light and big Christmas lights switch-on, with competition winner Louise Barber and special guest Noddy Holder.
Throughout the afternoon families enjoyed lantern-making, face painting and appearances from the cast of Frozen and Alice in Wonderland on Ice. Santa’s magical grotto was open at Art with a Heart, and visitors were treated to an afternoon of live festive music, hosted by Trafford Sound, with highlights including Magic Voices, The Music Place Choir, Rock Choir and Broomwood Primary School.
With over 500 lanterns created during the day, an impressive Parade of Light twinkled its way through the town, to join the big switch-on show hosted by Key 103’s Darren Proctor, where the crowd was wowed by performances from Blank Cheque, Captain Christmas and his Merry Band, the cast of Frozen and Little Belters children’s choir. Darren was then joined on stage by Altrincham Unlimited’s Christmas Star competition winner Louise Barber, and special guest Noddy Holder, patron of the Children’s Adventure Farm, who Altrincham Unlimited are supporting this Christmas, who uttered the immortal line ‘It’s Christmaaas!’ to kick off Christmas in Altrincham in fine style.
Katie Bland, Altrincham Unlimited Manager said:
“Saturday’s Parade of Light and Christmas Lights Switch-On was a fantastic event for Altrincham. The town was packed all day with hundreds of families enjoying the lantern making, Santa’s Grotto and other festive activities and the attendance for the evening switch-on event was phenomenal, with over 1500 people in Stamford Square and George Street to watch the show."
“We would like to thank everyone who made the day such a success, in particular our new Welcome Team, kindly provided by Tesco Altrincham, who did a great job guiding visitors around the town, and all the performers who helped to create such a brilliant atmosphere throughout the day.
“This is just the start of Christmas activity in Altrincham this year, with Christmas Markets, Late Nights Shopping, Santa’s Grotto and much more taking place between now and Christmas.”
David Wightman, Stamford Quarter Shopping Centre Manager said:
“We were delighted to host the Parade of Light and Christmas Lights Switch-On and to see such enthusiasm for the event from the local community. The atmosphere in the Stamford Quarter was fantastic from start to finish and it was a great way to launch the Christmas season in Altrincham”.
To find out more about Christmas events in Altrincham this year, keep checking our What’s On guide.