Countdown is on for Mansfield’s Christmas lights switch-on

NMAC11-2439-1''Mansfield Executive Mayor Tony Egginton, left, pictured with members of the Christmas Lights Team at the announcement of the big switch on date on Monday.

NMAC11-2439-1''Mansfield Executive Mayor Tony Egginton, left, pictured with members of the Christmas Lights Team at the announcement of the big switch on date on Monday.

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THE countdown is underway for the turning on of this year’s Christmas lights in Mansfield Town Centre.

Thousands of people are set to descend on Market Place for the big switch-on event with the date now confirmed for 17th November.

The annual event will feature a stage show with family entertainment, live music and a fireworks display, as well as other attractions.

The event will mark the start of late night shopping in the town and gives everyone a chance to start their festive celebrations and see what the town has to offer.

Emma Sowter, Mansfield District Council’s events and promotions co-ordinator, said: “Planning is well underway for this year’s event and I’m sure it will prove to be better than ever.

“Watch this space for more details about who will be appearing on stage and make sure you put the date in your diary.”

Bill Taylor, a member of the Christmas Lights Team, believes this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

“We have new lights and I think it will be an awesome event,” he said.

Last year’s show included singer Chesney Hawkes, stars from Mansfield pantomime Peter Pan as well as an appearance from Father Christmas.

The event is organised by the Mansfield Christmas Lights Committee, which includes Mansfield District Council, Mansfield Town Centre Partnership, the BID, Mansfield 103.2, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, 6 five 2s Taxis, Xposure creative and the Chad.

For more details on the build up to the big switch on visit www.mansfieldchristmaslights.org.uk.