November 6, 2014 10.25 am This story is over 108 months old

Jade Etherington joins mayor for Lincoln Christmas lights switch on

Light up Lincoln: The Christmas lights switch on is approaching, with plenty to watch for the family.

Successful Paralympic skier and Lincolnshire local Jade Etherington will join the Mayor of Lincoln on stage with a competition winner to turn on the High Street Christmas Lights.

This year, the High Street event will take place on November 20 from 5.45pm, starting with events and activities for the family.

The event starts with Pedro the Clown entertaining children, followed by the County Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society singing carols at the War Memorial, and appearances by the characters from the Drill Hall’s Pantomime ‘Aladdin’.

A civic procession will take place from the Guildhall from 6.50pm as the Salvation Army Band play carols, then the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Brent Charlesworth, will get on stage to deliver his Christmas message.

Jade Etherington and the Christmas card competition winner will then join him in turning on the lights.

All of this will be presented by Lincs FM Presenter, Ross Garrigan.

Kate Fenn, Civic Manager at City of Lincoln Council, said: “The Christmas Lights switch-on is always a great event to get everyone in the ‘Christmas spirit’ and we hope this year will be no different.

“It is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the entertainment, do some Christmas shopping, see the lights and generally get in the mood for Christmas itself.

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

Meanwhile, there will also be a Christmas lights switch on at St Marks Shopping Centre, on the same evening.

The event will feature a number of activities around the centre, including some shops, and the lights being switched on at 5pm.

There will be special performances from the Lincoln College, Butlins Red Coats, Ultimate Rock School and Waddington Military Wives Choir. Plus, guest appearances from Aladdin and Jasmine.

Shops will remain open throughout the evening too for a touch of Christmas shopping.