The Countdown to Christmas got under way in Leicester with the switch-on of the city’s spectacular festive lights on Thursday 21 November 2019.
More than 20,000 people watched the city light up and enjoyed a packed programme of entertainment.
A free outdoor screening of the Christmas classic Elf attracted hundreds of people to New Market Square, where they could also enjoy the UK’s best street food from Canteen. Brass bands provided a festive backdrop in Town Hall Square, where visitors enjoyed the lights and a traditional nativity scene.
Highcross Leicester hosted Winter Galactical with a festive future up in lights, with electrifying acts and spirited perfomances from Titan the Robot, Insterstellar Storm and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Boogie Storm.
Costumed characters – including some dazzling stilt walkers – mingled with shoppers, people wrapped up warm to enjoy a spin on Leicester’s Wheel of Light, and crowds on Humberstone Gate enjoyed music from 4th Avenue, Gareth John and The Platforms. Special guest Antony Costa from Blue, appearing as Abanazar in De Montfort Hall’s Christmas pantomime, Aladdin, led the packed crowds in singing the band’s hit, One Love.
The Lord Mayor of Leicester Cllr Annette Byrne flicked the switch for 16,000 lights in the city centre – including thousands of fairy lights on Leicester’s beautiful 50ft Christmas tree.
Watch the video highlights from the switch-on night of the event on youtube.
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