Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy News - October issue

Christmas Lights and bonfires to brighten those dark nights

The festive season is just round the corner, and the annual Christmas Light Switch-on will open the festivities on Saturday 4 November at 7.30pm in Albert Square.

Find out more about the Christmas Lights Switch-on

Make sure you save your energy as you're being spoilt with amazing free Bonfire Night celebrations taking place across the city from Monday 30 October until Sunday, 5 November.

Find out more about the Council's bonfire events


Please note that entry to Manchester's events will be a little different this year, as bag searches will be in operation.  We advise you to leave your bags at home in order to minimise delays and to arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Manchester Christmas Lights Switch-on

Topping the bill at the Christmas Light Switch-on event in Albert Square, international DJ Sigala. He will be joined by a dazzling set of performers, singers and dancers for the annual outdoor party - topped off by a huge 10-minute firework display.

Sigala will be supported by the winner of this year's Britain's Got Talent, Tokio Myers, along with up-and-coming boy band, Yes Lad. Also on the bill will be the stars of the city's stage shows: Elf: The Musical play at the Lowry, Shrek at the Palace Theatre, and Guys and Dolls from the Exchange Theatre.

Key 103's breakfast hosts Mike Toolan and Matt Haslam will compere the show with help of Corrie's Brooke Vincent!

As always the event is free, so get the family together and wrap up warm. The show is an alcohol-free event.


Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council's Christmas spokesperson, said: "Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year and we have a show that will open the festive season in real style. We have chart-topping pop stars, the casts from the biggest shows of the season, and incredible dancers and performers. We are in for a real treat.

"Manchester truly is the Christmas capital of the UK and lights switch-on is just the beginning. A week later our world-famous markets open and that's when we know Christmas has arrived."

Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "This is the official start to Christmas in Manchester, so gather all of your family and friends together for the show of the season. We look forward to seeing you there."

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