Plymouth will turn into a dazzling festive heaven to celebrate the start of the countdown to Christmas Day.
The festival and Christmas celebrations will begin on Thursday 13 November with the annual Christmas light switch-on.
Singer and Panto star, Chico, and British R&B band, Damage, have been confirmed as the special guests this year, and more will be announced soon.
Taking place on Thursday 13 November outside Drake Circus from 4pm, with entertainment provided by Heart, visitors will be able to see the city centre transform with many new lighting features. The new features will replace old and outdated lights on Cornwall Street and New George Street and are expected to bring a more modern feel to Christmas.
Once the lights are turned on the city centre will be buzzing with Christmas cheer. Stiltskin Creative Arts and Theatre Company and local school children will walk through the city in a lantern parade, some carrying giant and animated lanterns.
The parade will start and end at the Plymouth Guildhall and they will walk past many Christmas features in the city centre including a real Christmas tree and outdoor ice rink on the Piazza, Santa's Grotto, operated by Ice Angels, popular snow globe and lit up bubble tree at Place de Brest.
This year’s Christmas Lights Switch On event is part of our ‘Ocean City Lights’ programme – an exciting series of light-themed events that will be take place across Plymouth throughout November 2014.
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