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 Thursday, November 24.
The packed line-up of entertainment starts at 5pm with Real Radio’s breakfast show presenters, Ditchy and Salty, and will end with a bang when Bolton’s own shining star, Danny Jones from McFly, flicks the switch at 7pm.
Performances throughout the night will include routines from Bolton Dance and Performing Arts College, classical tunes from young singer Gemma Louise Doyle and a high-energy display of Zumba dancing by V1ntage gym, based in Knowsley Street.
There will also be appearances by The Albert Halls pantomime cast, who are featuring in Goldilocks and the Amazing Three Bears over the festive season, Sunshine Dance Studios and Bolton Wanderers players with Lofty the Lion.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Tonge with the Haulgh Community Choir, and a beautiful display of light and colour will be provided throughout the evening by the Gandini light juggling show.
At 6.40pm, Bolton’s famous festive parade will arrive in Victoria Square, featuring Father Christmas, Frosty and his band of snowmen plus other seasonal characters.
As the crowds get ready for the big countdown with Danny Jones and the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton at 7pm, X-Factor boot camp favourites, Kendro, will get the party started with their own soundtrack “Do the Kendro”.
Joining Danny on stage will be the winner of Real Radio’s competition to find a lucky boy or girl to help him flick the switch. There will also be a performance by One Voice, winners of the radio station’s recent talent competition
The evening, which is organised by Bolton Council in conjunction with Real Radio and sponsored by Langley Interiors, 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 community choir singing festive carols and X-Factor duo Kendro, to Bolton’s very own chart-topper, Danny from McFly, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at our official countdown to Christmas.”
Free parking is in operation from 4pm on the night and will continue until January 8 each Thursday evening from 4pm and Sundays all day at certain multi-storeys and surface level car parks in the town centre.