Thousands expected at Christmas lights switch on in Sheffield city centre

Sheffield Xmas Lights Switch-On.....Snow Man in the Snow on The Moor
Sheffield Xmas Lights Switch-On.....Snow Man in the Snow on The Moor
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More than 30,000 people are expected to flood into Sheffield city centre for the Christmas lights switch on next month.

Attractions at the event – which this year takes place on Sunday, November 23 – include a Christmas market, miniature ice rink, festive crafts in the Winter Garden and Father Christmas.

Choirs, music and panto stars will also be spread avross the city centre, while there will also be an elf trail and other family attractions on offer.

The identity of the person who will officially switch on the city’s festive decorations has not been revealed, but arts organisation Ignite Illumination is looking for artists and performers to take part in a fringe creative event.

Those taking part could be musicians, poets, comedians or community groups – anybody who has an idea to celebrate Sheffield’s creativity.

Luisa Golob, Ignite chief executive, said: “We want to unlock the doors of spaces we don’t ordinarily see, animate places in a new way and celebrate what Sheffield has to offer.

“Maybe it’s a film screening, a comedy sketch or dancing; we want to challenge perceptions and engage with new people in new spaces, providing an exciting event for all ages.”

This year’s switch-on is the 12th since the event started in 2002.

The action begins at 2pm and the lights will be switched on at 5.30pm in the Peace Gardens.

Children will also be able to meet film and TV characters and a display of vehicles from the National Emergency Museum will be there.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “This year’s Christmas light switch-on will be a lovely family-friendly event in our beautiful city centre.”

Artists interested in being involved with the Ignite Imaginations event should visit for the full details.

The deadline for proposals is Monday, October 13.