Everything you need to know about Mansfield’s Christmas lights switch-on

A huge crowd joins in the fun at last year's big switch on at Mansfield.
A huge crowd joins in the fun at last year's big switch on at Mansfield.

Michael Bublé tribute act Kai McKenzie will be taking the first spotlight in the stage show at Mansfield’s Big Switch On, as the countdown to Christmas begins.

Kai, who will be singing festive favourites, including Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Jingle Bells, will be among a variety of music acts entertaining the crowds in the Market Place during an afternoon of family orientated festivities to mark the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights, on Sunday, November 19, from 3.25pm.

Kai McKenzie

Kai McKenzie

Also on will be the multi-talented Vicky Jackson, who performs tributes to Taylor Swift, Pink, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse around the country. She will be delivering a high-tempo modern pop set also featuring songs from Olly Murs, Bruno Mars, Jess Glynne, Sia, Take That as well as some current hits.

Performing Christmas favourites from 2pm in the Market Place will be the Clipstone Silverbirds Marching Band. And from 3pm to 3.25pm there will be children’s Christmas party songs on the main stage with a chance to take part in party games and win prizes.

More musical magic will be served up after 4.30pm when for the first time at the Switch On, there will be a spectacular laser show set to music, featuring Christmas hits such as Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas, followed by a firework display also set to music.

Thousands are expected to attend the Switch On, which will offer a whole day of activities and entertainment for all ages from 10am.

Vicky Jackson

Vicky Jackson

Mansfield mayor Kate Allsop, who will be opening the show, said: “This year the music is sure to blow you away. There’s going to be a great mix of Christmas and well-known hits so families can really get into the party mood.

“We look forward to welcoming you to the biggest event of the year.”

For further updates on the event visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/switchon