Countdown begins to Altrincham's Christmas lights switch-on

1 Nov 2017
Countdown begins to Altrincham's Christmas lights switch-on
Altrincham Christmas Lights Switch-On 2016 in Stamford Square
Altrincham town centre is gearing up for a fun-filled season of festive events, beginning with the big Christmas lights switch-on with Key 103 on Saturday 18th November in Stamford Square.

The afternoon will see local schools, choirs and dance troupes on stage by House of Fraser and Wilko for a musical extravaganza building up to the early evening celebrations.

From 4.30pm Key 103’s Breakfast Team of Mike Toolan, Matt Haslam and Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent will take to the stage to host a switch-on show jam-packed with entertainment for all the family.

Countdown begins to Altrincham's Christmas lights switch-on
Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent, who will host the Switch-On show alongside Key 103 Breakfast presenters Mike Toolan and Matt Haslem

Organised by Altrincham Unlimited, in partnership with the Stamford Quarter shopping centre and Key 103, the free hour-long event will include performances from talented local singer Christian Smith, CBeebies favourite Mr Bloom, up-and-coming Manchester boy band Yes Lad, Altrincham’s very own Little Belters children’s choir and some ‘starry’ special guests to flick the all-important switch at around 5.30pm!

Christmas lights in Altrincham have been funded by Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (BID) and the Stamford Quarter shopping centre, and the switch-on is just the start of festivities in the town centre this year. Further highlights will include a twinkling town-wide Lantern Parade on Saturday 2nd December, Christmas Markets every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 21st November and pop-up Santa’s Grottos on Saturdays 18th & 25th November and 2nd & 9th December.

Linda Roy, Communications Manager for Altrincham Unlimited said:

“We had a fantastic Christmas in Altrincham last year, with record footfall over the festive trading period, so the challenge is now on to make this year even bigger and better, and build on that success.

“With that in mind we’ve been hard at work on two major events for Altrincham this Christmas; bringing the Key 103 team to help us switch on the Christmas lights, and introducing a brand-new event with the town-wide Christmas Lantern Parade on Saturday 2nd December.

“For shopping, food and drink and a great night out, Altrincham just goes from strength to strength and we’re looking forward to another wonderful Christmas season.”

Robert Fusco, General Manager of the Stamford Quarter shopping centre said:

“This has been an exciting year for the Stamford Quarter, with a number of excellent new openings that have significantly enhanced our retail offer. The Christmas Lights Switch-On is always a highlight of the Altrincham calendar and we’re delighted to be hosting the event again this year.”

For full details of all festive events in Altrincham this year keep an eye on the Altrincham Unlimited What's On guide.

Countdown begins to Altrincham's Christmas lights switch-on