Final prep for Lincoln Christmas lights switch-on

Final preparations are being made for the city’s Christmas lights switch-on by comedy duo Canon and Ball on Thursday, November 17, at 7pm.

City Council staff have been working over the past few weeks to install thousands of lights spanning the Bailgate to the lower High Street in preparation for the switch-on.

Two Christmas trees have also been installed in the city, one at the cathedral west front and one in Cornhill.

Entertainment for the crowds begins at 6.15pm, with a performance from the Rock Choir, and Pudsey Bear joining BBC Lincolnshire’s Rod Whiting on stage.

To the tune of the Salvation Army Band, the Mayor of Lincoln and the civic party will proceed from the Guildhall to the war memorial with Canon and Ball at 6.50pm for the switch on.

Cannon and Ball

Late night shopping across the city centre follows the switch-on, and Canon and Ball will be available for autographs in the Waterside Centre immediately after the event.

Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Kathleen Brothwell, said: “As the darker nights draw in and we look forward to the festive season, it’s always nice to see the Christmas lights switched on in the city centre.

“I hope the crowds will turn out as usual, to join us for the magic atmosphere and great entertainment.”

Source: City of Lincoln Council | Photos: Dominic Clark for The Lincolnite / Cannon & Ball