Manchester City Council

Manchester’s Christmas lights switch-on

Manchester's spectacular Christmas lights switch-on show will once again light up Albert Square this November.

With one of the most family friendly line-ups in the history of Manchester’s Christmas celebrations, this year’s light switch-on show, in partnership with Key 103, will have something for everyone – packed with stars, amazing performances and a suitably grand finale.

Manchester’s switch-on party will officially open six weeks of festive celebrations and attractions that have made sure Manchester is well known as the Christmas capital of the UK.

Comedy favourite and true Mancunian Jason Manford is leading the star line up and will be joined by rising stars Collabro – the singing quintet who won this year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition.

Hollywood superstar Warwick Davis will also appear ahead of his fantastical appearance in the Opera House’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starting on 5 December – starring alongside none other than the legendary Priscilla Presley.

Stars of the sensational hit production of Shrek the Musical will appear on stage before the swamp dwelling ogre treads the boards at the Palace Theatre from 2 December. 

Local X-Factor star and singer Shayne Ward will perform, alongside stars of the future, The Piccadillys. The brand new girl group were the winners of a talent competition by Key 103 to find the next chart toppers – and Shayne was part of the judging panel.

CBBC favourites Hacker and Dodge will appear on stage with presenter Katie Thistleton. Notoriously unpredictable, these all round cheeky-canine-chappies are ones not to be missed and never fail to bring a raucously memorable show! 

The super-talented winners of The Printworks Street Dance competitions, Superkidz from Stretford, will wow the crowds with their incredible choreography.  

The switch-on wouldn’t be complete without a dramatic finale – a 10 minute firework extravaganza!

And best of all, it's free!

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Please note that once Albert Square reaches capacity, access into the area will be restricted. A number of road closures will also be in place on the day, and we will list these on manchester.gov.uk/roadworks nearer the time.

For planning your journey, please use public transport where possible as roads around Albert Square will be closed for the event – you can use the TfGM journey planning tool for the latest travel information.  Please be aware the show will run for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. 

Visit www.visitmanchester.com/christmas for more information about what's on this Christmas.