Light Up, Light Up

Nothing makes us feel more Christmassy than the twinkling of Christmas lights and it’s that time of year, when lights, up and down the land are being switched on and we can all become legitimately festive!

NANTWICH – Thursday 23 November

Festivities kick-off on Thursday 23 November in Nantwich town centre; currently the council are keeping their surprises for the night under wraps! Keep checking here for to find out all the info you need. http://www.nantwichtowncouncil.gov.uk/?ajde_events=christmas-lights-switch-on

WREXHAM – Thursday 23 November

Get down to Queen’s Square in Wrexham from 5pm; lights switch on is at 7.30pm and there’ll be all manner of festive fun going on! Last year over 7,000 people attended this event and it’s going to be another cracker! Lois and Oli from Heart North Wales will be presenting and there’ll be singing and dancing aplenty. Definitely one not to be missed!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1863081543973804/

CREWE – Friday 24 November

Crewe Market Square will be party central from 5-9pm with singers, dancers, stilt-walkers, face painting and much, much more. The Market Square is within easy reach of all the council run car parks, so if you don’t fancy a festive stroll, you can park nearby. Get your Christmas party started here: http://www.crewelife.net/events/crewe-christmas-lights-switch-2017/

SANDBACH – Saturday 25 November

The Sandbach light switch on is on all-day affair with fairground rides open from 2pm, the chance to win Crewe Lyceum Christmas Panto tickets, before Santa switches the lights on at 5pm. Festive fun for all the family, with switch on taking place in The cobbles. Keep updated here: https://www.facebook.com/SandbachChristmasLights/

NORTHWICH – Saturday 25 November

There truly is something for everyone at this Christmas Extravaganza. There are reindeers, donkeys, birds of prey and even a Wise Man’s camel! There are tractor and trailer rides, fairground rides, Santa’s Grotto and a firework display; a fabulous festive day out. The light switch on will be the finale to this Christmas cracker of a day. Full details here: https://www.visitnorthwich.co.uk/2017-christmas-extravaganza-to-be-a-cracker/

CONGLETON – Saturday 25 November

A full day of festive frolics kicks off at 11am with entertainment on the stage located at the top of Market Street (in the road between B&M Bargains & Barclays Bank). At the same time there’ll be charity stalls in the Bridestones Centre (near Argos) and a Christmas Makers Market offering award-winning food, drink, arts and crafts.

Then at 5pm join the Grand Lantern Procession, led by a Samba band, which will end with Santa switching on the lights! Action packed from start to finish, car parking charges will be lifted on the following car parks from 10.00am: Back Park Street, Fairground and Princess Street car parks. For full details on this amazing day go to: http://www.congleton-tc.gov.uk/discover-congleton/christmas-in-congleton-2/

PRESTON – Saturday 25 November

Festive frivolity at the Flag Market from 5.30pm until 8.00pm; presented by Smooth Radio with plenty of well-known faces on the guest list, including soap favourite, Steve McFadden, Phil from EastEnders; music from Union J and many more performers.

Get down to the Flag Market early and you’ll see Santa’s reindeer, they’ll be making a ‘flying visit’ between 2.00 – 4.00pm, after all it’s a busy time of year for them!  Find more details here: http://www.smoothradio.com/northwest/events/preston-christmas-light-switch-on-2017/

ROCHDALE – Saturday 25 November

Rochdale Town Hall is THE place to be, with festive themed activities going on from 1pm. These include kids craft sessions, Christmas storytelling, a Christmas market in the Great Hall, a visit from Santa and from children’s favourite Frozen characters, Elsa, Anna and Olaf.

When darkness falls, the spectacular town hall will be floodlit in a rainbow of colours, followed by the big switch-on and fireworks to officially open the festive season. For full details go to: http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/events-and-activities/pages/default.aspx

BLACKBURN – Saturday 25 November

This year’s event is guaranteed to have real wow-factor; internationally acclaimed outdoor arts company, Walk the Plank, are transforming Blackburn Cathedral grounds into a spectacular fire garden installation for families, followed by a show stopping fire and light display.

  • From 4.30pm you can wander through a forest glowing with beautiful fire sculptures and fiery installations that form a glowing garden landscape. At 6.30pm, there’s a countdown to the grand finale when the Christmas lights will switch on across the town.
  • From 11-7pm King William Street will be the backdrop to a Festive Street Feast with food on offer from around the world.

For full details go to: http://www.visitblackburn.co.uk/whats-on/blackburn-christmas-lights-switch-on-2017-p387060

ALSAGER – Sunday 26 November

Alsager is pulling out all the stops this Christmas, with Signal 1 presenters, a Christmas Market, late opening shops and Santa in his Grotto. Santa will be switching the lights on at 6pm at Bank Corner.  Lawton Road will be closed from 12 noon until midnight from Bank Corner to Shady Grove. Brookhouse Road will also be closed and from the Cenotaph on Sandbach Road South to Bank Corner. For further details go to: https://www.facebook.com/itsallaboutalsager/

BRINDLEYPLACE – BIRMINGHAM – Thursday 30 November

This is a light switch on with a difference, hosted by St Mary’s Hospice, it’s a ‘Light up a Life’ ceremony, with the lights symbolising the lives of those who are no longer with us. This beautiful lights switch on will include music from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Town Hall Gospel Choir and The Uptone Girls – a student choir from the University of Birmingham that recently competed in BBC1’s Pitch Battle.  To learn more about this light switch on with meaning go to: http://www.careatchristmas.org/light-up-a-life/

WESTON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, CREWE – Friday 1 December

Close to our hearts at Swansway Motor Group are the Weston Christmas Lights which switch on at 6pm on Friday 1 December, at Carters Green Farm in Weston.

Organised by Graham Witter, who’s just 23, this light display raises funds for The Donna Louise Hospice, where Graham’s Sister Jessica was treated. Aiming to raise £30,000 this year, Graham turns his parent’s farm into a winter wonderland.

Swansway has been supporting Graham with this year’s fund-raising, so if you can, pop along and see this very special display: https://www.facebook.com/westonlightdisplay/