Posted: Sat 18th Nov 2023

Brass bands, Lantern Parade and live music on offer in today’s Christmas Light Switch On!

Wrexham.com for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Nov 18th, 2023

A 35ft Sitka Spruce will take centre stage at Wrexham’s Christmas celebrations this year.

The tree arrived on Queens Square earlier this week ahead of today’s (November 18) Christmas Light Switch On event.

It was chosen Elveden Forest, who are the UK’s number one supplier of City Centre display trees; and this year it has been sponsored by nearby Chapter Court.

Ian Stone, from the Chapter Court project, said: “The Christmas tree is the centre piece of all city centre festivities and this year’s is very special and all ready to be lit up for young and old to enjoy.

“It’s a privilege to be the sponsor once again and I look forward to a successful and enjoyable Christmas and New Year in the city centre.”

Leader of Wrexham Council, Cllr Mark Pritchard said: “I’d like to thank Chapter Court for their continued sponsorship of the City Centre Christmas tree, and encourage everyone to support our businesses by shopping locally this Christmas.”

Cllr Nigel Williams, Lead Member for Economy and Regeneration, said, “The Christmas Tree looks amazing this year and visitors old and young will enjoy stopping and taking it in as part of their festive shopping.

“On behalf of the Council and visitors to Wrexham I would like to say a huge thank you for your support of our city centre.”

The Christmas Tree will be focal part in today’s Christmas Light Switch On celebrations, which begin on Queens Square at 11am.

Huge crowds are expected for today’s event, which kicks off with Christmas stalls and a fairground.

Throughout the day there will be a brass band performing around the city’s Christmas tree to help everyone get into the festive spirt. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​

Performers will include the City of Wrexham Brass Band, Wrexham Concert Band and Bellevue Community Band. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​

From 4pm there will be a chance to take part in carols around the Christmas tree, before heading off through the city centre on a magical lantern parade.

This will be lead by Amelia and George Hughes, who will be guiding the crowds on a mile-long walk through the streets of the city centre to Eagles Meadow in memory of their father Glyn Hughes, who passed away aged just 38 from bowel cancer.

Once at Eagles Meadow the Christmas party will get underway, with British music legend Andy Bennett from Ocean Colour Scene will be headlining this year’s event finale, turning the city into a winter wonderland of music and lights. ‌

He will perform throughout the evening along with Dene Michaels Black Lace and Oceanic. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​

More information on the Lantern Parade and how you can get involved to raise money for Nightingale House Hospice can be found here. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​ ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​

You can find out more about Wrexham’s Christmas Lights Switch On on November 18 here! ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​

 



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