05/11/2016 12:00 AM

Leeds Lights Switch On 2016

Every year, Leeds starts the Christmas countdown with the spectacular Leeds Lights Switch On on Thursday 10 November at 6:45pm, at Victoria Gardens outside the Art Gallery.

The city’s Rio heroes are ready to light up Leeds at this year’s spectacular Christmas lights switch-on event. Leeds-born triathletes Ali and Jonny Brownlee and Paralympian Kadeena Cox will be the special guests of honour at the festive showpiece when they will take to the stage and get the festive season officially underway.

Joining our very own Breeze Has Talent 2016 winner Cole Lawton-Challenger on stage, British girl band Stooshe, who had a top 10 hit with their single Black Heart as well as a UK top 10 album, will also be performing. Also performing one of his own songs on the night will be local lad and X Factor contestant James Wilson, who made it through to judge’s houses on this year’s show.

Cbeebies presenters Andy Day and Alex Winters will be hand to entertain the crowds this year along with some friends with some Christmas classics as well as some of Andy's popular Dino raps. Joining them in the festive fun on stage will also be panto favourite Jez Edwards, who will be appearing as Buttons in Cinderella in Carriageworks Theatre’s annual Christmas panto.

And Britain’s Got Talent sensations Boogie Storm will be taking us to a galaxy far far away performing their unique dance routine as Stormtroopers with a festive twist.

There will also a live performance from the cast of Strictly Ballroom, who are appearing at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and Breeze has Talent 2016 winner Cole Lawton-Challenger, a vocalist and rapper who wowed the judges at this year’s event.

Hosting the evening’s entertainment will be Dixie and Emma from Heart Breakfast.

Other attractions on the night will include fun fair rides along Cookridge Street. The evening's entertainment culminates with the big switch-on of one of the UK's largest city centre festive illumination displays and a spectacular firework display illuminating the skies all across the city!