16 November 2015

Girl band “Stooshe” have today been confirmed as the star guests at this year’s Sheffield Christmas lights switch-on.

A full programme of entertainment will begin from 2pm on Sunday 22 November, before the big switch itself is flicked at 5.30pm on the main stage in the Peace Gardens.

Joining Stooshe for the afternoon of festive fun will be musicians, choirs, street entertainers, children’s characters and pantomime performers starring in this year’s production of “Aladdin” at the Lyceum Theatre.

The three-piece band, from London, are best known for their single “Black Heart”, which spent a month in the top 10 and peaked at number three in the charts. Their new single, “Lock Down”, is set to be released soon.

Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s event, and hope that people of all ages will enjoy this year’s Christmas light switch on.

“The theme is a traditional Christmas, with a focus on the Christmas tree in front of the Town Hall. The city centre will be illuminated to add some sparkle through to New Year.

“The Christmas market will also be open in Fargate, giving opportunities to buy that unusual gift and also festive food and drink.”

Throughout Sunday afternoon, Christmas crafts will be taking place in the Winter Garden, which will be transformed into an enchanted Winter Wonderland complete with an elf trail, a fairy grotto, carol singing and storytelling.

Father Christmas will be in his Grotto on Fargate, families can take a ride on a fire engine and play on the National Emergency Services Museum’s display of emergency vehicles in Barkers Pool, and children’s characters will be meeting the crowds outside the Town Hall and in the Peace Gardens.

Activity will begin on The Moor from 12.30pm on Sunday, with a living nativity, children’s rides and real reindeer, before The Moor’s Christmas lights are switched on at 4pm.

Christmas lights will then be switched on in Orchard Square at 4.30pm, before the spotlight moves to the main stage in the Peace Gardens. Those who prefer to be away from the heart of the action will be able to watch Stooshe and other acts – still to be confirmed – on a big screen in Pinstone Street.

This year’s Christmas market will also be open in traditional wooden cabins along Fargate, selling crafts, jewellery, clothing, gifts and a range of hot and cold refreshments.

Independent traders from across the UK and Europe are open from 10am to 6pm daily throughout November. In December, the market will also be open until 8pm each Wednesday.

The Christmas light switch-on is being organised in conjunction with partners Heart.

In a statement, DJs Dixie and Emma from Heart’s Breakfast show said: “We both love getting into the festive spirit with everyone at the Sheffield Christmas lights.

“It’s such an amazing event and we’re so happy to be back.”