Everything you need to know about Altrincham’s Christmas Lights Switch

12 Nov 2018

The annual Christmas Lights Switch-On, one of the biggest events in Altrincham’s calendar, will take place this Saturday.

The afternoon build-up will see local schools, choirs and singers take to the Stamford Square stage from midday.  Those taking part include, Broadheath Primary School, Navigation Primary School, Altrincham CofE Primary School and Little Belters.  Also taking to stage will be Altrincham Musical Theatre who will be singing songs from Grease, and local singer Amanda Heywood will headline the afternoon show.

Then from 4.30pm Hits Radio’s Wes Butters will present a star-studded Christmas Lights Switch-on show full of family fun and entertainment.  Gareth Gates will headline this year, and the show will also feature Coronation Street’s Cath Tyldesley, internet sensation Braydon Bent and CBeebies’ Sid Sloane.

During the switch-on show the lucky winner the of the Hits Radio Live tickets will also be announced, so if you’ve entered by liking your photo and sharing the post on Altrincham Unlimited’s Facebook page make sure you listen out for your name! 

Saturday will also see the first of four “pop-up Santa’s Grottos” in the town centre at Rackhams from 11-4pm.  There is no charge, but donations are welcome to Altrincham Rotary.  Santa will then be popping up throughout the town and will be at Wilko on Saturday 24th November, Goose Green on Saturday 1st December and Kings Court on Saturday 8th December.  

Elizabeth Faulkner, The BID Manager for Altrincham Unlimited said: “There’s always a fabulous atmosphere in the town on the Christmas lights switch-on day and the event really marks the start of the festive season for many!  We expect the town to be packed and would encourage visitors to use public transport and get here early to enjoy the town’s great selection of eateries and shops, and of course we have a great line-up of school choirs, theatre groups and local singers on the Stamford Square stage to entertain you throughout the afternoon.”