The start to Christmas in Manchester is around the corner and a star-studded line up has been announced with Jonas Blue officially opening the festive season.
Albert Square will be the setting for the biggest show in the city as stars of stage and screen come out in force on Saturday, 3 November. The party will be topped off with a huge 10-minute firework display.
Following a succession of huge global hits including the summer smash hit “Rise”, Jonas Blue will perform in Albert Square. He will push the button to turn on Manchester’s Christmas Lights and begin the spectacular fire work display.
The 29-year-old is making a name for himself across the globe with numerous hit records including Perfect Strangers and Mamma.
Max George is forging his solo career following the breakup of his chart-topping band, The Wanted. The Manchester-born singer will return to the stage after a brief stint in modelling and acting – including a hit role in the US smash show, Glee.
The stars of Manchester’s major stage shows will also grace the stage to perform excerpts from the best theatre the region has to offer.
Bringing a green shade to into the mix, the stars of the Palace Theatre’s hit show Wicked will sprinkle their magic dust across Albert Square.
The Lowry’s production of Dr Dolittle the Musical will bring together Mark Williams (Harry Potter/Fast Show) and Corrie favourite, Vicky Entwistle.
The much-loved Mel Brooks comedy, The Producers (Royal Exchange), will bring their mad cap energy to the show.
Opening the show, Manchester Show Choir will bring a touch of the traditional to the Christmas occasion, followed by the blistering moves of The Dance Academy.
The Manchester Christmas Light Switch-on is in partnership between Manchester City Council and Hits Radio.
Security checks will be in operation
As always, the event is completely free, just get the family together and wrap up warm. The show is an alcohol-free event.
Please note, once Albert Square reaches capacity access into the area will be restricted.
Several road closures will be in place on the evening. It is advised not to bring bags to the event. There will be security checks in operation and bags will delay admission.
Cllr Pat Karney, City Council’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “This could be the last time for some time that our Christmas Lights Switch-on is in Albert Square, which has been the spiritual home of Christmas is Manchester for two decades. This will be a party to remember.”