What a busy night it’s going to be on the 29th November in Amazing Accrington!

This year’s Christmas light switch on and fireworks show promises to be a treat for all the family; with live music, festive food, a Christmas funfair, plus a snow globe and so much more.

The packed programme of entirely FREE entertainment starts with the Blessing of the Crib on the new Town Square at 4.45pm. Followed by a three hour long, jam packed programme of school choirs and entertainers on stage. School choirs from Peel Park, St Mary Magadalen, Baxenden Primary, Accrington Academy and Rhyddings High School will kick off the entertainment, followed later by the East Lancs Concert Band and Skoot choir from the Civic Arts Centre. Also, for the first time, don’t miss the special Santa’s Elves dance!

The headline act is The Jerseys, a fantastic four piece group who sing the hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The cast of Beauty and the Beast panto will also appear on stage before they start performances at Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre from Friday 30th November through to the 8th December. Comedian Colin Manford will keep the evening’s entertainment flowing.

Later the night sky above Accrington will be lit up in a riot of colour with the big light switch on and the spectacular fire work display taking place at approximately 7.45pm. The big switch will be flicked by Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Ayub and Accrington Carnival Queen, Helen Trickett.

Broadway will be busy with fairground rides with the popular magical Frozen snowglobe taking pride of place. Also dotted around will be a small number of seasonal food stalls but please support your local cafes and bars on the evening too.

The Ballroom at Accrington Town Hall will play host to an indoor Christmas craft market and the Magical Mayoral Market, supporting local charities and community groups, will be on the outdoor market.

Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson said: “We’re all looking forward to the big light switch on and fireworks display, which heralds the beginning of many more family events next year in Accrington’s new Town Square. It’s a time for families to get together and join in the festivities that are sure to help people get in to the Christmas spirit, so come along and join us and support your local township switch on too if you can.”

Lots of township light switch ons are taking place too:

ClaytonBarnes SquareWednesday 28th November6:30pm
Accrington Blessing of the CribTown SquareThursday 29th November4:45pm
BaxendenJunction of Southwood Drive & Manchester RoadFriday 30th November6:30pm
RishtonHealth Centre/LibrarySaturday 1st December3pm – 8pm
OswaldtwistleJubilee GardensMonday 3rd December6pm
MilnshawDyke Nook GardensTuesday 4th December5:30pm
ChurchChurch Kirk ClockWednesday 5th December6pm
HuncoatJunction of Lowergate Road & Altham LaneThursday 6th December6:30pm
Great HarwoodTowngate SquareFriday 7th December6:30pm
AlthamBurnley RoadSaturday 8th December5:30pm