Santa, fireworks and a Gary Barlow tribute act at Mansfield's big Christmas light switch on

Mansfield Christmas lights big switch on last year.
Mansfield Christmas lights big switch on last year.

This year's Christmas light switch on in Mansfield is set to be a "real cracker" with live music from a Mansfield opera star and a Gary Barlow tribute act.

The 'Big Switch On' event will take place on Sunday, November 18, in Mansfield Market Place - where there will be a laser show.

The night will feature live music from Mansfield-born professional opera singer Alexandra Stenson, Gary Barlow tribute act Dan Hadfield and Nottinghamshire based rock/pop duo Brotherhood.

Councillor Dave Saunders, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Economic Growth, at Mansfield District Council which organises the event said: "It's going to be a corker of a show with something to please everyone and get them into the festive spirit. Christmas in Mansfield this year will be a real cracker."

Alexandra, a soprano, was discovered by Mansfield's Cantamus Girls Choir while singing on stage in the Market Place when she was 10 years old. She went on to train at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and English National Opera and has since sung all over the world.

She will be performing a Christmas piece with pupils from her old school, All Saints’ Catholic Academy.

Dan Hadfield has sung with Gary Barlow himself and tours all over the UK and Europe, performing Gary’s greatest hits. His various TV appearances have included the Xtra Factor and Miranda.

Brotherhood are Ant and Matt Green will perform a fast paced show with a mixture of popular hits and Christmas classics.

There will also be appearances from the Palace Theatre’s panto stars, a laser show, Santa himself and a crowd pleasing firework display.

The event marks the start of Christmas in Mansfield which includes, for the first time ever in the town, an ice rink, funded by Mansfield District Council and sponsored by One Call.

There will also be a month-long Christmas Market on Westgate, organised by Mansfield BID with financial support from the council.

The switch on event is organised and funded by the council with support from Mansfield 103.2 and Four Seasons Shopping Centre.