16 November 2017

Sheffield singing talent and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Kyle Tomlinson, will be performing at the Christmas lights switch on, this Sunday 19 November.

He will be joined by fellow BGT finalists The Pensionalities, and a quarter finalist from this year’s The X Factor will be making a surprise appearance. Their identity will be revealed on the night but the act will be leaving The X Factor stage the night before, and travelling to Sheffield to entertain the crowds.

This year’s Christmas lights are not the only shining attraction for the festive season. 3D illuminated butterflies which feature over a 100 different lighting styles, the tallest of which is over six metres high, will be unveiled in Millennium Square and will stay in place for six weeks. The butterflies have been donated by the Confucius Institute at Sheffield University and are in the shape of a bridge.

Ahead of the Christmas lights switch on at 5.30pm there will be entertainment for all ages.

The fun will start at 1230pm with The Moor Christmas Party where a brass band will be performing and kids can enjoy rides, a carousel and skating on a mini ice rink. Santa and the reindeers will also be there and the Moor Tree switch on will take place at 4.30pm.

In the city centre, around Fargate, the Town Hall and Barker’s Pool, festivities will begin at 2pm with carol singing, craft and street entertainment. There will be plenty to do and see with fire engine rides, carol singing, food, and mulled wine for the adults.

The main stage will have Heart FM breakfast presenters, Dixie and Emma, introducing the acts. Joining them will be the cast of this year’s Mother Goose pantomime at the Lyceum, actor Jake Canuso and Panto Legend Damien Williams. There will be performances from dance troops, choirs and some of the biggest talents to be discovered on TV talent shows, The X Factor and BGT, this year.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure said: “Every year we strive to make each switch on the best experience for the people of Sheffield. This year is no exception and I am delighted to see that our dark, winter days will be made brighter not only by our Christmas lights but beautiful 3D butterflies in Millennium Square that are a gift given to us in the spirit of friendship.

“I hope that people will come together and see the lights switch on as a chance to catch up with friends and family as well as enjoying the fantastic performers and activities that are on offer.

“We had more than 30,000 people at last year’s celebrations and I have no doubt that more of you will make this Sunday’s switch a bigger and better day out.”

Getting to the festivities will also be easier and cheaper for anyone who needs to catch a bus or drive to the city centre. Starting on Sunday, the festive Plus One offer means anyone with a day, week or month ticket can bring along another person for free on journeys into the city centre after 4.30pm and out of the city centre after 6.30pm on Thursdays and all day on Sundays in the run up to Christmas.

Councillors have also agreed to have free car parking all day Sunday at council run on the street pay and display bays and car parks until Christmas Eve.