Wolverhampton Christmas light switch-on to involve panto cast

By Jessica Labhart | Entertainment | Published:

There are to be six spectacular Christmas light switch-ons in Wolverhampton in the lead up to the festive season.

Fireworks explode over Market Square for the Wolverhampton Christmas Lights switch-on

The festivities kick off with the main city centre lights switch-on and firework display in Queen Square on Wednesday, November 22.

The evening starts at 5pm, with entertainment from the Free Radio roadshow, a mini-funfair, real reindeer located in Lichfield Street and traditional Christmas music from the Wulfruna vintage steam organ.

Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu, stars from this year’s Grand Theatre pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, children’s picture book character, The Gruffalo, and British Citizen Youth Award winner, Louis Johnson, will join Father Christmas to switch on the lights at 6.30pm, which will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

The city centre fun is followed by five more evenings of festive celebrations when the lights are also switched on by Father Christmas and the Mayor of Wolverhampton at Wednesfield, Tettenhall, Bilston, Bantock Park and Northycote Farm.

Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for city economy, said: “Each year we get more and more families coming along to enjoy the lights being switched on to mark the start of the countdown to Christmas - they really are great free evenings out."

Lights will be switched on Thursday, November 23 along Wednesfield, High Street from 5.30pm, on Saturday, November 25 at Upper Green, Tettenhall from 6.30pm and Sunday, November 26at Bantock Park, Finchfield Road from 6.30pm.

Friday, December 1 will see the lights turned on in Bilston, Church Street from 6.30pm and on Saturday, December 2 at Northycote Farm, Underhill Lane from 5pm.

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Jessica Labhart

By Jessica Labhart

Reporter for the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton.


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