An amazing firework display kicks off Manchester's Christmas celebrations along with special guest performances!
Each year Albert Square plays host to the biggest Christmas party in the North West that will open the doors to more than six weeks of festive events and attractions that has seen the city beat off competition year-on-year to become the Christmas capital of the UK.
X-Factor winner, James Arthur, and new kids on the block, The Vamps, are this year's headline acts to push the button at the Switch On, in partnership with Key 103.
Alongside these incredible headline appearances, Faye Tozer of Steps fame, will give a sneak preview of her Singing in the Rain appearance at the Opera House. Joey, the star of the National Theatre's hit show War Horse- a life-size, living, breathing, galloping puppet horse - will be live on stage before his much anticipated run at the Lowry Theatre and Ashleigh and Pudsey, the dog-trick duo who stole the nation's heart last year, winning Britain's Got Talent, will also appear alongside singing sensation Jodie Prenger, ahead of The Opera House's panto Dick Whittington.
There's no need for tickets, it's free starts at 19:00. Simply wrap up warm, grab your family and friends and get ready to have some fun!
For those who are unable to attend the event, can stream the switch on live from the Manchester City Council Facebook Page here:
Those who would like to continue festivities with a nice club night with international music DJs, amazing crowd and positive vibe may attend the following event:
The UKISSOCIAL Team
(information taken from http://www.visitmanchester.com/articles/christmas/events/christmas-lights-switch-on/)