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Manchester leads Christmas celebrations

Date Posted: 27/10/14

Manchester leads Christmas celebrations

The people of Manchester can barely wait to get Christmas started this year, it seems, with the city among the first in Britain to commence its festive celebrations. They do at least have the decency to wait until Bonfire Night is out of the way, with the Manchester’s Christmas Lights Switch-On taking place on November 7th.

Organisers have been hard at work booking popular names for appearances and ensuring that an exciting programme of events is ready to entertain the enormous crowd, with the city's annual switch-on proving to be one of the biggest across Britain. 

Comedy favourite and panel show frequenter Jason Manford will be dishing out doses of his Mancunian charm to the crowd. He will be joined by rising stars Collabro - the singing quintet who won Britain's Got Talent earlier this year.

Stars of the sensational West End hit Shrek the Musical will take to the stage to entertain the crowd, with the touring production due to take up residence at the Palace Theatre from December 2nd.

Warwick Davis, who has starred in various Hollywood films including Harry Potter and Star Wars, will also be present to promote his appearance in a Christmas favourite, the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Local X-Factor star and singer Shayne Ward is also slated to appear, alongside The Piccadillys, a brand new girl group put together by organisers of the event Key 103.

Although pop culture and arts fanatics will no doubt be pleased with all of the announcements so far, it wouldn't be Christmas without something for the little kiddies. CBBC favourites Hacker and Dodge will appear on stage with presenter Katie Thistleton to entertain the youngsters.

Super-talented winners of the local Printworks Street Dance Superkidz from Stretford will also wow the crowds with their incredible choreography. The fun will close with a ten-minute firework extravaganza, finishing what is sure to be a very exciting evening indeed.

Posted by Hayley Brent

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