You’re gonna’ have such a good time – you’ll have a ball at the annual Christmas lights switch on event in St Helens Town Centre.
Bulsara and his Queenies – a team of world class musicians who deliver the most remarkable musical performances of iconic British rock band Queen – have been confirmed the headline act for this year’s extravaganza.
Joining them on the day will be a whole host of local talented performers from the world of music and dance to celebrate the very best of St Helens. While there will also be appearances from movie characters, including Star Wars and Frozen, with further announcements expected to be made over the coming weeks.
An ice rink and children’s fair will also be in the centre of Church Square to add to the occasion, with hot food and drink available throughout the day.
Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for events, culture and heritage said: “The annual Christmas lights switch on event in St Helens Town Centre is a joyous occasion and never fails to produce a feel-good atmosphere.
“Santa hats off to our fantastic events team for putting together another excellent bill of entertainment for all the family to enjoy.
“I’m very much looking forward to it and hope to see our communities come together to celebrate the beginning of Christmas 2019 – the most wonderful time of the year.”
All the action will take place in Church Square between Midday and 6pm on Saturday 30th November.
The countdown to Christmas will then continue with a number of local lights switch on events across the borough.
Times shown below indicate when the Christmas lights will be switched on, so arrive before then to see what else is going on.
22 November – 6:00pm
23 November – 4:30pm
24 November – 12:00pm-6:00pm
29 November – 3:00pm
29 November – 4:00pm-6:00pm
St Peters Church
1 December – 5:00pm
1 December – 6:30pm
5 December – 11:00am
St Helens Road
5 December – 11:00am
Thatto Heath Road
6 December – 4:00pm
Derbyshire Hill Road
6 December – 4:00pm
6 December – 6:00pm-6.30pm
7 December – 12:00pm-5:00pm
7 December – 3:00pm
There’s so much happening across the borough over the coming months to keep you entertained and get you in the Christmas spirit.
Local independent business, Phoenix Apparel, will bring their hugely successful winter fair back to the iconic St Helens Town Hall on Saturday 23 November, 10:00am-4:00pm, where a range of plant-based treats and arts & crafts will be on display, perfect to pick up as a Christmas gift for your loved ones.
The same day sees the launch of a Christmas Grotto in the former Topshop unit at Church Square Shopping Centre, where children can receive a gift from Santa and share their Christmas wishes.
Then on 29-30 November, Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival will return to St Helens Town Hall for the third time for a festive celebration. With more than 119 gins to try and live entertainment on offer, it promises to be a brilliant occasion. Purchase your tickets at www.skiddle.com
If it’s theatre and art you’re in to – why not check out what Citadel Arts have on offer in their pop-up shop in Church Street, St Helens Town Centre. View their event listings at www.citadel.org.uk – or visit the Heart of Glass’ MadLove Take Over festival exhibition which is on display in the former Argos unit on Church Street until the end of November.
Heading into December a winter festival is coming to St Helens’ green-flag award winning Victoria Park on Saturday 7 December, where Windle’s Christmas lights will be switched on.
Visitors can enjoy live music courtesy of a brass band and school choirs or pick up some treats at number of Christmas craft and gift stalls – while children can visit Santa in his Grotto and meet Frozen stars, Anna and Elsa.
Tickets for the Grotto – which will be open from 1:30pm-4:00pm – cost £5 and can by booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
And then Father Christmas and his reindeer will return to Church Square on Saturday 14 December, 12:00-4:00pm – while earlier that day, hundreds of people are expected to take part in the 2019 St Helens Santa Dash fun run in Victoria Park at 11:00am.