Preston Christmas concert and switch on

Preston city centre will be sprinkled with Christmas cheer on Saturday 25th
November as the annual Christmas Concert and Lights Switch On takes place on the
city’s Flag Market from 5.30pm until 8.00pm – with an array of special guest

Prior to the Switch On, Santa’s reindeer will be making a flying visit to the Flag Market between 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Organisers of the event, Preston’s Business Improvement District (BID), have promised that, in partnership with Smooth Radio North West, this year’s event will be extra special.

Sponsored by St George’s Shopping centre, the Christmas Concert and Switch On will feature live performances/appearances from: soap legend Steve McFadden (EastEnders Phil Mitchell), chart topping boy band Union J, former lead singer of the Drifters – Ray Lewis, operatic sensation – Sean Ruane and CBeebies star – Katy Ashworth.

This year’s switch on will feature an enhanced finale with guests being treated to a great lighting and special effects display, supported by the Preston At Night group.

Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: ‘The Christmas Concert and Switch On is widely regarded as a headline event in the city’s calendar. We’re always blown away by the number of people who come out to enjoy the event to help us officially start Christmas in Preston. We’re delighted to be working with the North West’s largest commercial radio station, Smooth Radio North West, to stage another outstanding show’.

Andrew Stringer, general manager of sponsors St George’s Shopping Centre, said: ‘It’s a pleasure for us to sponsor this flagship event once again. Christmas is a great time of year to get together with the family and we’re proud to be associated with a quality event that officially launches this magical time of year’.



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