Countdown to Christmas in Manchester begins with huge Christmas Lights switch-on party

  •  The stars of the Manchester Christmas Lights Switch-on announced 
  •  Party returns to Albert Square on Friday, 4 November from 7.30pm
  •  The show will end with a spectacular firework finale

The headliners for Manchester Christmas Lights Switch-on have been announced, as Manchester's Christmas Party returns.

The family friendly show attracts thousands of people to Albert Square, and in past years has welcomed some huge names in show business to help push the button to officially begin the city’s festive season, viewed as the UK’s Capital of Christmas.

The winner of last year’s X-Factor competition, Louisa Johnson, will be performing live along with local musician JP Cooper, the MOBO Nominated trio M.O (Modus Operandi) who will complete the night’s musical acts.  

JP Cooper
local musician, JP Cooper, will be performing live

Mancunian comic John Thomson, a local crowd favourite, is appearing on stage ahead of his role as the evil Abanazar in the Opera House’s Christmas panto, Aladdin.

Members from the hit musical production of the beloved Billy Elliot, which playing at the Palace Theatre from 29 November, will help the crowd find their itchy feet. Performers from Dancehouse Academy will open the show.

This year’s show will be hosted by Paddy McGuinnes, Key 103’s Mike Toolan and Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent.

Key 103's Mike Toolan and Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent
Key 103's Mike Toolan and Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent

The whole show will be topped off with a spectacular fireworks display!

Fireworks from last year's Christmas lights turn-on
Fireworks from last year's Christmas lights turn-on

As always the event is completely free, just get the family together and wrap up warm.

Please note, once Albert Square reaches capacity access into the area will be restricted. A number of road closures will be in place on the evening – full details to be released.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “It’s no secret that Christmas is my favourite time of year and I’m bursting with excitement that the Christmas Lights Switch-On – the official start of the countdown to Christmas – is nearly here.

“As always the Switch-On show promises something for everyone during an evening of high-energy entertainment and I hope to see as many families there as possible soaking up the atmosphere and welcoming the festive season in Manchester.”

And the Christmas cheer doesn’t stop as the award-winning Christmas Markets return just a week later, Friday 11 November.