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Get ready for a beltin’ Christmas

Spectacular family-friendly shows will kick off Christmas celebrations in Wigan and Leigh this year.

The festive season officially launches in Wigan town centre on Thursday, 14th November with Wigan’s Christmas Cracker lights switch-on.

The ever-popular event will start at 5.30pm in Market Place with a Greatest Showman themed performance, followed by stage shows from Aladdin and a Minions Meltdown Show plus an exciting interactive Jedi Training Show.

CBBC star Hacker T Dog will also be entertaining the crowds building up to the 7pm switch-on.

This year’s jam-packed lights switch-on is a partnership between the Grand Arcade, Galleries and Wigan Council.

John Sanson, centre manager of the Grand Arcade shopping centre, said: “Wigan’s Christmas Lights switch-on is one of the towns biggest free family events and this year promises to be an absolute cracker. The Galleries, Wigan Town Centre and Grand Arcade are sure all our visitors will enjoy an evening of fantastic family entertainment. It’s guaranteed to be a real Christmas cracker that will get everyone in the mood for Christmas.”

Simon Tucker, Centre Manager, The Galleries Shopping Centre “The Christmas light switch-on is set to be a real hit with the local community this year. We have a variety of entertainment, we hope to put a smile on everyone’s faces and create a truly authentic Christmas experience here in Wigan”

The festive fun continues on Sunday 17th November with Santa’s Reindeer Parade in Wigan town centre from 1pm.

Santa and his reindeer will make their way through the town centre to Believe Square where children and their families can get up close with the reindeers. The fun continues down at Market Place with a live stage show showcasing local performers, attractions and festive stalls until 4pm.

Festivities arrive in Leigh on Thursday 21st November when the Christmas Show returns with a fairground, fireworks and live entertainment.

Leigh’s Christmas event has been organised along with Wish FM, with a fantastic line-up of live performances from local artists on the bill.

The festive fun continues on Sunday 24th November with Santa’s Reindeer Parade on Spinning Gate car park from 1pm.

There will be live entertainment and family-friendly activities until 4pm.

To help get into the seasonal spirit and make a head-start on Christmas shopping, all council car parks will be free after 3pm on weekdays from 14th November.

And all council car parks are still free at weekends.

Council leader, Councillor David Molyneux, said: “Free parking gives shoppers the perfect opportunity to visit the town’s top high street names, independent shops as well as its popular local markets. We’ve got a spectacular programme of family-friendly Christmas events lined-up and we hope everyone gets in the spirit and enjoys them.”

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