X-Factor star Laura White will make it a sparkling Christmas for the second year running when she sings at Bolton’s Christmas lights switch on this year.
Last year, the singing sensation joined the Mayor and Father Christmas to flick the giant switch, but was unable to sing live due to a throat infection.
She was disappointed to miss out on the chance of singing for her home fans and plans to return this year on Thursday 25 November to add a bit of glitter to the celebrations.
Laura will be singing three songs with a local choir, the Tonge UCAN choir; Once in Royal David’s City, O Come All Ye Faithful and O Little Town of Bethlehem.
She said: “It was an honour to be asked to switch on the lights last year and I was disappointed not to be able to sing for my local fans, so I was determined to come back to Bolton again this year. I’ll be singing some traditional carols with a local choir, as well as one of my own songs - it will be an amazing experience and I just can’t wait!”
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.
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris said: "We’re delighted that Laura will be joining us again this year. 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."