Lincoln Christmas lights switch on schedule revealed

The Lincoln Christmas light switch on will take place next week, so the City Council has organised a range of events to keep crowds occupied.

The Christmas lights switch on will take place on November 21 from 6pm at the War Memorial on High Street, with the main event starting at 7pm.

Mayor of Lincoln Patrick Vaughan will be joined by ‘Allo ‘Allo‘s Sue Hodge and the winner of the Mayor’s Christmas Card to officially turn on the lights.

This is after a civic procession from the Guildhall at 6.50pm, while the Salvation Army Band play carols, and the Mayor delivers his Christmas message.

However, festivities start from 6pm when BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior will be on stage with Pudsey Bear.

From 6.20pm the County Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society will perform, followed by characters from the Drill Hall’s Cinderella pantomime which features a flying horse.

Father Christmas will also be on hand to see children, while his elves will be taking donations for the Mayor’s Charity, the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

After the lights switch on, there will be more music provided by the Salvation Army Band.

Kate Fenn, Civic Manager at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “The Christmas Lights switch on is always a magical event and we hope this year will be no different.

“It is a great opportunity for families to get wrapped up in their winter woolies and see some great family entertainment, see some traditions in action and get in the mood for Christmas itself.

“We hope the people of Lincoln turn out in force to see the city centre sparkle.”

Any children who fancy the chance of turning the lights on with the Mayor of Lincoln and Sue Hodge still have time to enter the Mayor’s Christmas Card competition.

Submit the design, no larger than A4, to kate.fenn@lincoln.gov.uk or charlotte.powell@lincoln.gov.uk by 5pm on November 15.

The winning design will be used on the Mayor’s official Christmas Card this year, as well as helping turn on the lights.