Published: Wednesday, 20th Nov 2019

Hometown star Jenny Ryan has been added to the line-up for the spectacular Bolton Christmas lights switch-on tomorrow night (Thursday, November 21).

Jenny RyanJenny, already a household name thanks to her regular appearances on TV quiz show The Chase, has recently been wowing audiences with her musical talent as part of ITV’s The X-Factor: Celebrity.

The brainy balladeer will perform a short set ahead of the grand finale, which will see Aladdin star Ray Quinn flick the switch to mark the official start of Bolton’s festive season.

Ray, himself a former X-Factor finalist, will be appearing in the Albert Halls’ pantomime throughout December.

The switch-on event, sponsored by Market Place Shopping Centre, is expected to attract thousands to Victoria Square for an evening of music and entertainment, climaxing in an unforgettable firework display.

The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Hilary Fairclough, said:

“The Christmas lights switch-on is always a great opportunity to get in the festive spirit and showcase local musical talent.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Jenny home and we wish her the very best for the rest of the competition.”

The main festive show starts at 5pm in Victoria Square, compered by Jon Holling from Tower FM.

Key highlights include the popular Rock Choir returning to sing three songs.

A performance from community dance group Bolton Allstarz Children’s Workshop will kick off the show, followed by 10-year-old singer Kallea, from Bolton Dance and Performing Arts College, who has co-written songs with international songwriter Darren Martyn.

There will also be live entertainment in the Market Place from 3pm.

There will be free parking after 3pm in the Octagon, Topp Way and Deane Road NCP multi-storey car parks on the night. The weeknight offer will continue during the festive season.

Follow the action on social media via #BoltonXmasLights.