4 November 2015

Music, lights and festive sparkle are set to take over Sheffield city centre on Sunday 22 November for the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

A full programme of entertainment will begin from 2pm, before the big switch itself is flicked at 5.30pm in the Peace Gardens by a soon-to-be-revealed famous face.

Musicians, choirs, street entertainers, children’s characters and pantomime performers starring in this year’s production of “Aladdin” at the Lyceum Theatre will be entertaining crowds around the city centre throughout the afternoon.

Christmas crafts will be taking place in the Winter Garden and children will also be able to follow an elf trail, before meeting Father Christmas in his Grotto on Fargate.

Families can also take a ride on a fire engine and play on the National Emergency Services Museum’s display of emergency vehicles as the museum goes “on tour” for the day.

Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Just a few weeks after the city centre was packed out with more than 30,000 people for Out of This World, I hope that families will come along to our next major event and enjoy this year’s Christmas light switch on.

“The theme will be 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, giving opportunities to buy that unusual gift and also festive food and drink.”

This year’s Christmas market will open on Friday, 13 November, housed in traditional wooden cabins along Fargate.

As well as independent traders from across the UK and Europe selling a variety of gifts, jewellery, crafts and fresh produce, there will be refreshment stalls selling hot food and drinks, including the annual Sleigh Bar.

The market runs from 10am to 6pm daily throughout November. In December, the market will also be open until 8pm each Wednesday.