A host of home-grown talent will help light up Victoria Square, in Bolton this Christmas.
Preparations are well underway for the town’s big Christmas lights switch-on event on Saturday, November 24.
The packed line-up of entertainment starts at 4pm with Capital Radio’s Rob Ellis and Sally Hudson and will end with a bang when Bolton’s own bronze medallist Ola Abidogun and the Hairy Bikers flick the switch at 6pm.
Performances throughout the night will include routines from Footlights Drama School, Ajay’s School of Song and Dance, Bolton Majorettes and Bolton Children’s Workshop.
There will also be appearances by The Albert Halls pantomime cast, who are featuring in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs over the festive season and the Reebok Rebels with Lofty the Lion.
Musical entertainment will be provided by local barbershop group Cottontown Chorus whilst the Red Hot Santas will be performing festive favourites with a funk, ska or calypso twist!
At 5.40pm, Bolton’s famous festive parade will arrive in Victoria Square, featuring Father Christmas, his elves, Frosty and his band of snowmen plus other seasonal characters.
As the crowds get ready for the big countdown with the Hairy Bikers, Ola and the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton at 6pm, regional success story Rock Choir will perform some rocked-up versions of Christmas tunes.
The evening, which is organised by Bolton Council in conjunction with Capital Radio will come to a close with a spectacular firework display for a colourful grand finale.
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We’re proud to be able to welcome so many local acts to the biggest free night of entertainment in Bolton.
“The Christmas lights switch-on is always one of the best nights of the year for the town and I’m looking forward to seeing thousands of local families turning out for a packed programme of fun.
“From our local barbershop group and the Red Hot Santas, to our adopted Boltonians the Hairy Bikers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at our official countdown to Christmas.”
Free parking is in operation all day at Bow Street, Deane Road, Topp Way and the Octagon car parks. Free parking will continue until January 27, from 3pm every weekday and all day Saturday and Sunday at the same multi-storey car parks in the town centre.