A live performance by Wonderland – the five winners of a million-pound record deal who are managed by X-Factor’s Louis Walsh and Westlife’s Kian Egan – will accompany Exeter’s official Christmas Lights Switch-On
Joining Wonderland on stage at 5pm on Tuesday, November 16 will be Exeter’s Lord Mayor Cllr Marcel Choules, star-in-the-making musical sensation Tom Andrews, the cast of Aladdin – and other colourful VIPs. And Exeter City FC players wearing Santa hats! Just4Funk, street entertainers and an enchanting choir will also join in the celebrations. The event finishes with a dazzling display of 13,000 lights and a fantastic firework finale.
The lights switch-on marks the launch of a programme of festive events in the city of Exeter this Christmas.
Late night shopping starts two days later on Thursday, November 18 and runs every Thursday night from then on.
To celebrate the launch of New Cadbury Wishes and the start of late night shopping in Exeter, Princesshay will host a magical Cadbury Wishes Workshop event, the only one of its kind in the South West, from Thursday, November 18 to Sunday, November 21.
The kit involved in this year’s Christmas Lights project includes: 2 km of electric cable, 100m of fixing wire, more than 1km of rope light, over 200 fixing carabinas, 2,000 connector blocks, more than 2km of wire to support the ‘cross-street’ decorations, over 800 wire grips, 30 rolls of black insulation tape, more than 500 ‘star-flash’ bulbs, over 1,500 golf-ball lamps, 10,000 led lamps, time clocks and several teams of electricians! And The Bedford Square ‘Light Canopy’ makes a welcome return this year – a great centrepiece for the Lights display.
During the day there will be a collection for the Lord Mayor’s Charity. The money raised will be donated to Exeter’s Wonford & St Paul’s Youth & Community Project – part of a new scheme to create a community building and affordable housing on the site of the old St Paul’s Church.