Posted: Thu 16th Nov 2023

Christmas light switch on spectacular in Wrexham this weekend! for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Nov 16th, 2023

The streets of Wrexham city centre will be illuminated this weekend to mark the start of the city’s festive celebrations.

Wrexham Council, Eagles Meadow and Nightingale House Hospice have teamed up to organise this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On, with a day of events, entertainment and activities organised for Saturday 18 November.

These will begin on Queens Square where there will be stalls and a fairground from 11am.

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.

The glowing lanterns will be carried along a mile-long walk through the streets of the city centre before arriving at Eagles Meadow for the culmination of the day’s Christmas celebrations.

Event and Campaigns Manager at Nightingale House Hospice, Elise Jackson, said: “Working with Wrexham Council and Eagles Meadow, we are thrilled to be part of the Wrexham City Centre Lights Switch On.

“The Wrexham Lantern Parade provides an opportunity for children and families to support their local hospice by raising sponsorship to fund the patient care and family support services that Nightingale House offers.

“The parade will work perfectly to bridge the events happening in the daytime on Queens Square and Eagles Meadow in the evening.

“With hundreds of children lighting up our city streets with the Christmas lights being switched on as we pass through each street, creating a truly magical spectacle.

“We hope that the Wrexham Lantern Parade will be an occasion for children to remember for years to come.”

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.

Eagles Meadow Centre Manager, Josh Price, said: “We are delighted to be hosting, yet another exciting free-to-attend family event here at Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre and we would like to thank all of our tenants for their continued support here within the centre, which includes the likes of JD, River Island, ODEON, The Entertainer, Trespass, Pandora, Clogau, Next, Tenpin, Nandos, just to name a few.”

Lead Member for Economy and Regeneration, Cllr Nigel Williams added:​ ‌“I would like to thank Nightingale House Hospice for working with us as one of our main partners for this year’s Christmas light switch-on.

“The lantern parade will be a spectacle that allows members of the public to take an active part in making a lantern and then taking part in the parade.

“My family, as many families across Wrexham, have benefited from the outstanding service provided by Nightingale House Hospice, and this is an opportunity to help raise funds for this worthy cause.”‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌‌​​‍‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​​‌‌​‍‌​‌‌‌‌‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌​‌​‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌‌‍‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌​​‌‍‌​​‌‌​‌​‍‌​​​‌‌​​

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

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