Christmas Lights 2010 … Manchester

Christmas lights to dazzle with X-Factor and Corrie stars
12 November 2010

From 6.45pm

X-Factor winner, Joe McElderry, special guests from Coronation Street and the cast of hit musical We Will Rock You, have been announced as headline acts to get Manchester’s Christmas party started.

Manchester’s official festive celebrations get underway on Friday 12 November as the celebrities appear on stage to press the button on Manchester’s Christmas lights in front of an audience of thousands.

Joe McElderry will wow the crowds with a performance of his latest hit single while some of our favourite Coronation Street stars will be ending their year-long celebrations of the soap’s 50th anniversary on a high by appearing at the city’s biggest event of the year.

Councillor Pat Karney, city centre spokesperson for Manchester City Council said: “We’ve got an incredible line-up planned for the Christmas lights switch-on and it’s going to be fantastic to have the Coronation Street cast with us in their fiftieth year. The programme is an institution so for its stars to end their birthday celebrations with the rest of the city by switching on the Christmas lights is going to be really special.”

“And to welcome Joe McElderry to the city is just the icing on the cake for us. He’s exceptionally talented so to have him performing will make for the best start imaginable to our Christmas season.” All hosted on stage by Key 103′s Mike and Chelsea.

The cast of Queen and Ben Elton’s musical We Will Rock You, led by Noel Sullivan, which is at the Palace Theatre this Christmas, will perform classic Queen tracks guaranteed to get the crowd singing along.

The rest of the line-up includes Thomas Law, direct from Eastenders where he is better known as Peter Beale, who will make his stage debut in Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure at The Lowry this Christmas. There will be cast appearances from the Opera House’s seasonal pantomime, Snow White and for those who love the atmosphere of a good old Dickens’ Christmas, characters from The Library Theatre’s 2010 Christmas Production at The Lowry – A Christmas Carol – will also be there.

Younger members of the crowd will be delighted to see Cbeebies characters the Zingzillas who will take to the stage for a very special performance, and no Christmas celebration will be complete without an appearance from Father Christmas.

As House of Fraser celebrates 175 years in Manchester, the store has invited Santa to leave his grotto in the city’s largest toy department and be part of the festivities and greet the crowds.

The Greater Manchester Police Band, Richie Sampson’s Drifters and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Liam McNally will complete the line-up.

The show will be hosted by Key 103′s breakfast show presenters Mike and Chelsea and winners of the Manchester Choir contest – a competition that Key 103 will be running over the next few weeks – will also perform.

The event will reach its climax in spectacular fashion as the switching on of the all-new Christmas lights will be accompanied by a dramatic firework display which will light up the night’s sky to finish of the celebrations in style.

Manchester’s Christmas lights switch-on takes place on Friday 12 November 2010 from 6.45pm. The fireworks display will be at 8.00pm.

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