Preston's Christmas Lights switch-on has been confirmed for 2022 with a number of stars heading to the city for the big event.

The switch-on returns to the Flag Market on Saturday, November, 20 from 5.30pm to 7.45pm.

The event, organised by Preston BID in partnership with Smooth Radio North West, will officially launch the city’s Christmas period with a huge free-to-attend concert before the lights are lit.

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Those headlining the night will be S Club 7's Jo O'Meara and Blue's Lee Ryan, with both set to perform their respective hits.

For the children, Gem and Cook from CBeebies Swashbuckle will take to the stage.

Former lead singer of renowned American soul group The Stylistics, Eban Brown, will also perform.

Since September, the winners of ‘Little Mix - The Search’, will be playing live, and there will be a performance of the anthem Flowers from Sweet Female Attitude.

‘The American Four Tops’ Motown Show completes the bill, featuring the unique vocals of William Hicks, hailing from Atlanta Georgia, they have become prominent international ambassadors of Motown. Organisers have also confirmed that ‘The Grinch’ and Santa will make a special appearance.

Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: “Owing to restrictions we were unable to stage the event physically in 2020, so we’ll make sure that this year’s Switch On is something special.

“This event is always really well attended, we’re hoping that years is no exception, and as usual, thousands of local people wrap up warm to join us outdoors for a great evening. We’re very grateful to city centre businesses, and the event’s sponsors, for making it possible and for their continued support.

Preston Christmas lights
Preston Christmas lights

“We’d ask people to be mindful of safety and do not attend if they have any COVID related symptoms and would encourage attendees to take a lateral flow test prior to attending the event”.

The event is funded by city centre businesses and sponsored by: St George’s Shopping Centre, NWL Chamber of Commerce, Luxury House Share, and A-Plan Insurance.

Chair of the city centre retail forum, St George’s Centre general manager Andrew Stringer, said: “The Switch On is always a highly anticipated and well-supported event. St George’s are proud, once again, to support the celebration and look forward to seeing families from across the city, and beyond, join us to launch the most wonderful time of the year.

Smooth Radio North West’s Jamie Griffiths said: “We’re proud to be returning to the Flag Market for this celebration – it’s going to be an entertaining night, kickstarting the festive period for 2021. I think we’re all ready for it."

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