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This year’s Leeds Christmas Lights switch-on will have been 100 years in the making when Leeds United take to the stage as the special guests of honour to officially kick off the festive season. On Thursday 7 November outside Leeds Art Gallery, players from the Elland Road side’s first team will be joined by members of the ladies team and club legends as the club marks its centenary.
Former X Factor winners Rak-Su will entertain the 20,000 crowd expected to attend this year’s seasonal showpiece. Also performing a selection of their timeless festive classics will be popular Opera pioneers G4.
Cbeebies favourites Alex Winters and Evie Pickerill will entertain the younger generation in the crowd by performing a fun based Christmas - oke style interactive performance. Original cast member of the West End’s Miss Saigon, Katherine Picar will also be helping to get things into the Christmas spirit with a performance of the enduring holiday classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.
Also appearing at the event will be some of the city’s brightest local and emerging talent; 17 year singer-songwriter Sophie Littlejohns who is this year’s Breeze Has Talent competition winner and Hannah Slavin who made a name for herself following her win with Leeds Contemporary Singers on BBC One’s ‘Pitch Battle’.
Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Eileen Taylor will be on hand along with the new Children’s Mayor – 9 year old Wania Ahmad from Harehills Primary school
Other attractions on the night will include fun fair rides along Cookridge Street, street food concessions with entertainment culminating in the big switch-on of one of the UK's largest displays of city centre festive illuminations and spectacular fireworks.
Hosted by radio media partner Radio Aire breakfast show presenters Ant and Katy, the annual seasonal showpiece takes place in front of Leeds Art Gallery on Thursday, November 7 with entertainment starting from 6.30pm.
The Leeds Light switch-on marks the official start of the city’s ‘Make it Leeds’ this Christmas campaign which will feature a number of special events and activities including the annual Christkindelmarkt on Millennium Square which starts on Friday November 8 from 10.30am.
As part of the lights switch-on, the following road closures will also be in place on the night along with other traffic management measures.
-Cookridge Street (Headrow to St Anne’s Street): from 11am to 11.59pm
-Alexander Street (Access only): from 1pm to 11:59pm
-Headrow (Oxford Place to Albion Street): 5pm to 11.59pm
-Park Square (North, South, East & West) & St Paul’s Place: 7.30pm to 9.15pm
-Calverley Street (Headrow to Gt George Street): 8pm to (approx.) 9pm
A raised accessible viewing platform will be available for disabled persons with access from Victoria Gardens via the ramp approach to the Art Gallery. Due to space limitations access to the platform will be on a first come first served basis and will be restricted to one companion only. For further details please contact the events team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 378 6988.