Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Christmas lights switch on
Thursday 17 November 2011
Plymouth city centre will be the place to be to enjoy Plymouth's annual Christmas lights switch on. Special guest stars will be joined on stage by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Peter Brookshaw, before switching on the city's Christmas lights.
Guests include Plymouth Royal Marine Mark Ormrod who will be joined by stars of this year's Britain's Got Talent runner up Ronan Parke and finalist Michael Collings. Hannah Nicholas who is appearing as Cinderella in the Theatre Royal's Christmas Pantomime will also be joining in the switch-on fun.
The festive fun starts at 4pm with music and entertainment on the Heart Radio stage at the top of Cornwall Street. Support acts include Canadian acoustic soloist Tara Matthew, Roo McKeller, Singer/song writer Kate McGill and Urban X Dancers who will be there to get the crowds warmed up before Michael Collings takes to the stage at 5.35pm followed by Ronan Parke at 5.55pm.
They will be joined by ITV Westcountry to switch on the lights live on ITV1 at 6.20pm before local rock band favourites Joker take to the stage at 6.30pm to wrap things up.
A disabled viewing area is available opposite the stage, this will operate on a fist come, first served basis.
The Christmas ice rink on the piazza and the Christmas Market in Armada Way will also be opening their doors to coincide with the switch-on celebrations.
Late night shopping will run every Thursday from 17 November to 22 December, with most shops open until 8pm. In the week before Christmas (starting 20 December) most shops will be open every night until 9pm.