Boltonians will take centre stage at this year’s Christmas lights switch on, as a host of local choirs, singers and theatre troupes perform in Victoria Square on Thursday 25 November from 5-7pm.
Tonge with the Haulgh community choir, which formed this year and is composed entirely from local people who had never sung before will be taking to the stage to sing three Christmas carols with X Factor star Laura White. The choir was formed and supported by the council with the aim of providing more activities for adults and increasing community spirit in the Tonge area and now has more than 50 members.
Adding a festive firecracker to proceedings will be the cast of Aladdin, the Albert Halls fun-packed Christmas panto which will be running from December 3 to January 8, featuring Coronation Street’s Ken Morley as Widow Twankey.
The cast of David Copperfield which is the Octagon’s Christmas show will also be bringing a theatrical treat to the stage. A cast of young local actors will perform alongside professional actors in an exciting display of music, puppetry and drama.
Other performances will be provided by Bolton Children’s Workshop and local singer Lizzie Holden who is in the area finals of a national singing competition, Open Mic UK.
The festive fun kicks off at 5pm in Victoria Square. Carol singers and brass bands will also provide live music and entertainment.
And the grand, long established Christmas parade of colourful characters, featuring Santa with the Mayor in his sleigh, will once again wind its way through the town centre to Victoria Square for the switch on at 7pm, which will be followed by a fantastic fireworks display.
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris said: " We’re hoping that this year’s switch on will be our biggest and best ever and visitors of all ages can expect a magical experience in Bolton this year."