Christmas is fast approaching, and there’s no better way to get into the spirit than to see a festive light come on.
These events are often more than just turning on the lights, with entertainment and special guests also a part of the night.
So what time will the event take place in Peterborough and where exactly? We’ve got you covered, get the family together, grab a hot chocolate to go, and get ready for Christmas.
Where will the Christmas lights go on?
The long-awaited switching on of the Christmas lights will take place in Peterborough city center’s Cathedral Square, including the unveiling of a new light display.
What date should I write down in my diary?
The grand switching on of the Christmas lights is scheduled for the night of Friday, November 18.
Who turns on the Christmas lights this year?
Local gymnast Jake Jarman will turn on the Christmas lights.
Jake is an elite gymnast from Gunthorpe in Peterborough who has competed internationally for Great Britain and for England at the Commonwealth Games in 2022, where he became the first English male gymnast to win four gold medals in a single game.
He made history by being the first great senior British gymnast to take gold on vault at the European Championships, bronze on floor and was eighth in all helping Team GB take gold as well.
Most recently this month, the 20-year-old is poised to step up after fueling Paris Olympics hopes with fifth place on his World Championship debut.
What time does the event take place?
There will be live music and other entertainment at the fun-filled family occasion beginning at 5:00 p.m.
However, the ignition will turn on at 7 pm
What can children expect to see?
Jake Jarman will be joined by PCRFM breakfast show host Kev Lawrence and a host of pantomime characters from Peterborough theatres.
The event will also be the first time the city’s 40-foot Spruce Christmas tree will be lit with color.
This year’s Christmas celebrations will include a giant indoor ice rink in Cathedral Square, which will open a week after the Christmas lights go on and will remain in the square until the end of the Christmas school holidays at the end of January. .
The Cathedral Square tree has caused controversy in recent years: last year the city council said they were “considering their options” after calls were made to replace the tree, with some residents saying it looked like “there was Arrived dead in the square”.
The tree was eventually allowed to stay, but the council sought compensation after councilor Steve Allen said “the tree was not of the quality we expected”.
An artificial ‘tree’ was previously used instead of a ‘real’ tree, after the council spent £40,000 on the 10ft decoration in 2015, but after widespread criticism it was eventually handed over to Wisbech council free of charge, one year before it was due to be replaced.
This year, Councilor Allen, Deputy Leader of the Council, has been to Solihull Forest where the tree that will be placed in the Cathedral grows.
He personally selected the tree himself.
The giant Norway spruce is scheduled to be delivered in the Cathedral Square week starting November 14.