There are still 45 days until you can rip into your presents and gorge yourself on turkey, but for Councillor Pat Karney Christmas will officially begin tonight: “Manchester’s Christmas Light switch-on has become the official start of Christmas in the North West”. So whilst in the North West people will be free to scoff mince-pies, sing carols and wear horrific jumpers from 8pm this evening, the rest of the country will have wait to until they can join in the festive spirit.
Those responsible for delivering Christmas to the masses, the anti-Grinch, are Kwasi Danquah III (or Tinchy Stryder if you prefer) and Nicola Roberts (the ginger one from Girls Aloud), Councillor Karney eulogises: “It’s fantastic to welcome both Nicola Roberts and Tinchy Stryder to Manchester. They are both world-renowned, chart-topping stars and to have them performing will make for the best start imaginable for our festive Season.” Presumably their performances will involve singing, unless the pair have been working on a unicycle and sword-swallowing routine.
If the draw of “two world-renowned, chart-topping” stars fail to provide the necessary hyphen quotient, there will also be performances from the cast of Dirty-Dancing, Suzanne-Shaw and Hip-Hop Crew ‘SOAR I.N.K’, before the lights finally get turned on. A spectacular fireworks display has also been lined up to round off the evening.
The Manchester Christmas lights switch on begins at 6:30pm this evening (Thursday 10th November) and is free, no tickets are required.