Manchester City Council

Christmas lights switch-on

New location, new lights, top talent!

New for 2019, our fabulous lights switch-on countdown takes place at the Cathedral end of Deansgate.

As always, Manchester celebrates Christmas in style and this year’s lights switch-on we’re making no exception! Our new lighting designs might be fitted with super-efficient, low-energy LEDs, but there'll be nothing low-energy about the celebrations and fantastic firework display.

This year's lineup

Hits Radio’s Fleur East, Greg and James will be pushing the button and hosting an evening of performances by: 

  • Becky Hill
  • HRVY
  • Four of Diamonds
  • The cast of SIX
  • Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Zoe George
  • The cast of Back to the Future The Musical 
  • The cast of Gypsy
  • The Dance Academy, and
  • Kidz Bop

Location and road closures

We have a brand new location this year at the top of Deansgate, near the cathedral.

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Check to see what roads will be closed.

Family viewing area

A family viewing area for people with pushchairs and small children will be available from Cateaton Street, and an accessible viewing platform will be in place next to the exit of the Marks and Spencers Car park. You can reach this from New Cathedral Street. This will be run on a first come, first served basis.

Security checks

Please don't bring bags if you can help it, as security checks will be in place and it may take longer for you to get in.

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