None other than the big man himself will be switching on the Christmas lights in Lancaster this year.
Yes that’s right, Father Christmas will be in the city this month to undertake the symbolic act.
With the emphasis on the culture surrounding the city, together with celebrities, Santas, live music and dancing, this year’s event is being billed as the biggest one to date.
From noon on Sunday November 24, there will be music, dancing, ice sculptors, street theatre and even a larger than life snow globe in Market Square. From 1pm, over 100 Santas take part in the Santa Dash, and from 2pm, Santa and his Cairngorm Reindeer can be seen at Lancaster Castle where children can visit his grotto.
At 4.15pm, Santa will climb aboard his sleigh and with his reindeer parade down Market Street into the square, where they’ll stay for the Big Switch On at 4.30pm.
The Bay Live stage will also be hosting an afternoon of family entertainment throughout the day. X Factor’s Paul Akister will be performing alongside new pop groups Vanquish and Everyoung.
There’ll be live performances from tribute act Queen UK, the NHS 100 Voices Choir, X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels and bringing the party to Lancaster this Christmas, 90s stars S Club Party.
Throughout the afternoon Ludus dance will perform their Flash Mob, there’ll be Scrooge from the Dukes Theatre and walking Christmas crackers as well as performances from Stage Coach and Bay Beat. Moreover, a live ice sculptor will be creating a large Santa out of ice.
Suzi Bunting, manager of Lancaster BiD, said: “This year looks set to be the best Lancaster’s ever seen. We’ve such a great line up of activities and entertainment for everyone. There will be plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and tearooms available to select from serving warm winter produce and Christmas cheer.