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Are you ready for the big event?

On Friday 17th November 2017, we’re kicking off the Christmas season with a bang with the launch our much-loved annual Christmas Light Switch On.

This year’s event kicks off at 4pm and we’ve loads to keep the family entertained throughout the three-hour event. Luke & Lucy from WISH FM are the hosts for the evening and will be showcasing some of the great local and regional talent we have on our doorstep. Headlining the event is the lovely Jake Quickenden, who shot to fame in X Factor and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, and will soon be gracing our screens in the new series of Dancing on Ice.

Before Jake wows the crowd with a few of his songs, as well as dropping in a few Christmas hits to get us all in the spirit, he will be joined on the indoor stage by Santa and The Mayor of West Lancashire Council, Councilor Neil Furey – and together they will switch on the lights at 6.30pm.

Check out our Facebook page for a very special competition to WIN a VIP experience on the night, including a meet and greet with Jake, free entry into our grotto (along with a free photograph), plus £50 worth of Concourse Shopping Vouchers

To complete the evening’s entertainment, there will be a funfair, face painting, crafts, performers, giveaways, and the opportunity to do a spot of late-night shopping. Youngsters will also be able to visit Santa’s reindeer who will be situated under the canopy at the rear of the centre by the Western Entrance – it will make a fabulous photo opportunity.

And Santa will be right here too in his magical grotto from Friday 17th November from 4pm. There is no need to book and the cost is £4.50 per child, which includes a visit to Father Christmas as well a present. Photographs in frames can be purchased at an additional cost, starting from £5.00. Your Christmas won’t be complete without a visit!

The Grotto will be located on the upper mall in the old Co-op Travel unit (opposite Thomas Cook). As well as the 17th November, it will be open Saturday 18th November from 10am-5pm and Sunday 19th from 11am-4pm. It will then be open every Friday and Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sundays from 11am-4pm, until Friday 15th December when it will open daily.

We’ll be lifting the car park restrictions on the day of the event, so you can rest assured you can stay as long as you like whilst shopping and for the event itself!

Anne Peters Interim Retail Marketing Manager at the Concourse said “After the success of working with WISH FM on our Easter and Summer campaigns, we’re shaking up our usual formula and trying something new for the Christmas Light Switch On. We’re looking forward to Luke and Lucy hosting this indoor staged event, entertaining the crowds whilst showcasing all the great local performers. And of course, we’re really excited to have Jake Quickenden onboard as our headline act who’ll be turning on the lights, assisted by Santa and The Mayor.  Our Grotto also opens that night so it’s a perfect time for children to put stuff on their wish list and visit Santa. It’s not to be missed!

Aaron Burgess, Account Executive at WISH FM, said “WISH FM are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Concourse Shopping Centre’s Christmas Light Switch On this year. They’ll be lots of local talent on display with WISH FM’s very own Luke & Lucy hosting the stage and a special guest appearance from Jake Quickenden of XFactor, I’m A Celeb and soon to be Dancing On Ice fame! Its sure to be an evening for Skelmersdale to enjoy and remember”

The Christmas Light Switch On event takes place at the Concourse Shopping Centre on Friday 17th November between 4pm and 7pm.

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