Panto stars make Mansfield Christmas lights switch on extra festive

The day also marks the opening of a month-long Christmas market,
The day also marks the opening of a month-long Christmas market,

This year's Christmas celebrations begin on November 18.

Attracting thousands of spectators every year, the lights switch on event will have something for everyone, with music acts, children’s entertainment, panto stars and Santa himself before a laser show and fireworks display.

The day also marks the opening of a month-long Christmas market, and includes a marching band and a host of festive activities in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre.

As well as the lights switch on, there will also be an ice rink in the market place throughout December.

If that's not enough to get you in the festive spirit, there's also Mansfield Palace Theatre’s pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Christmas artisan markets, and a the grotto in the Four Season’s.

Further details about the big switch on and the ice rink will be announced over the coming weeks with the full Christmas programme available inside the next edition of My Mansfield, which will be delivered to homes across the district from November 5.

Meet the cast of this years pantomime
Kate Allsop, Mansfield mayor said: “The Christmas lights switch on event is well known for being a spectacular family show which never fails to get everyone into the festive spirit.

“I’m really excited about this year as it marks the start of an even bigger programme of Christmas entertainment.

"The ice rink will be a real spectacle and I hope as many people as possible from Mansfield and the surrounding areas are able to come along and have a go.”

Mansfield District Council to spend up to £130,000 on a Christmas ice rink

The month-long Christmas market is organised by Mansfield BID with financial support from MDC. The Switch On event is organised and funded by MDC with support from Mansfield 103.2 and Four Seasons.

Ice rink coming to Mansfield as part of extended Christmas Market
If your business would like to contribute towards the month-long Christmas celebrations in Mansfield, a range of sponsorship packages are available - from town centre banners to naming rights of the ice rink.

Please contact 01623 463199 or email