Deansgate was transformed this evening into the city’s biggest pop venue to celebrate the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on show.
Thousands of people joined the crowds near the Cathedral for a night of pop perfection and festive frivolity.
Headliners Becky Hill and HRVY showed off their pop credentials to a baying crowd of fanatic fans, backed up beautifully by future chart queens Four of Diamonds.
The Grinch that stole Christmas (The Lowry) was unable to dampen the mood on Deansgate with the panto stars in full swing from the Opera House’s cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, while the stars of Back to the Future The Musical got the crowd up to 88 miles an hour.
And the wives of Henry the Eighth brought some modern-Tudor sass (SIX at the Lowry), along with the vaudeville charm with the cast of Gypsy (Royal Exchange Theatre).
In what is becoming a much-loved annual fixture, the Dance Academy’s eye-popping moves helped to thaw the cold November night, and KIDZ BOP showcased the global stars of the future.
The Manchester Christmas Light Switch-on is a partnership between Manchester City Council and Hits Radio.
Next week, Manchester’s biggest red resident – the new but always iconic Giant Santa –
Cllr Pat Karney, said: “Now the Christmas lights are on we can now say Christmas has officially started in Manchester.
Cllr Luthfur Rahman, said: “What a night. The crowd was wall to wall families, Mancunians of all ages coming together to celebrate the season.
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