Altrincham’s Christmas celebrations start on Saturday 16th November with the Christmas Lights Switch-on. Altrincham BID is pleased to announce that Lemar will be the headline act when Hits Radio’s Mike Toolan presents a star-studded switch-on show from 4.30pm which also includes CBeebies’ Katy Ashworth, plus local children’s choir The Little Belters. Lemar, singer/songwriter & record producer, has had a run of international chart successes including ‘If There’s Any Justice.’
From midday, on that day, local schools’ and community choirs will take to the stage by Rackhams and Wilko with a festive musical build-up to the early evening switch-on event.
The Show and the Christmas lights in Altrincham are funded by Altrincham’s businesses and organised by Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (The BID) and the switch-on is just the start of festivities in the town centre this year.
Also, this Christmas, Altrincham’s Lantern Parade takes place on Saturday 7th December, starting at 4pm from Goose Green, and meandering throughout the town to Stamford Square for the finale, a Christmas singalong with The Music Place at 4.45pm. The all-new theme of this year’s parade is ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ and local music and dance schools will fill the roles in the song. For those wishing to join the parade, there will be FREE lantern making workshops throughout the day at Treehouse on George Street. Places at the workshops can be reserved on Eventbrite.co.uk.
The Stamford Square stage also returns on that day so look out for festive fashion shows and performances from school and community choirs, as well as a Christmas themed ‘Battle of the Gyms’ competition.
Other highlights for Christmas include a pop-up Santa’s Grotto every Saturday from 16th November to 14th December in different locations throughout the town, and why not come and see Altrincham’s Festive Windows, from 16th November, and vote for your favourite in the ‘People’s Choice’ competition hosted by Altrincham Today on Facebook.
Kate Gerbich, Events and Communications Manager for Altrincham BID explains: “We’re really excited about the line-up for the switch-on show and the new theme for the Lantern Parade. It’s great to be able to involve so many businesses, including Altrincham’s dance and music schools, in Altrincham’s Christmas activity and the performances by local primary and secondary school choirs and community choirs are always magical. We’d like to encourage visitors to come in and enjoy the events, and everything the town has to offer including fantastic high street experiences, restaurants, bars and shopping. Come and celebrate Christmas in Altrincham!”
There’s lots more information on Altrincham Unlimited’s website about everything that’s going on in Altrincham this Christmas: altrinchamunlimited.co.uk