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26.11.23 – Newcastle Christmas Lights Switch On

Written by on 21 November 2023

Newcastle-under-Lyme will come alive this Sunday 26th November as the BID bring Christmas to the town with the highly anticipated Light Up Castle Christmas event.

The festivities will commence at 12pm, taking place in the heart of the town outside The Guildhall on High Street. The main stage will set the scene for an afternoon of entertainment, featuring performances from a variety of dance and performing arts schools, including Shine Academy, students from NSCG Performing Arts, and The Songloft.

As the day progresses, the spotlight will shine on pop duo Luking for Lucy, followed by an extraordinary performance from over 50 singers as part of the renowned Rock Choir. At 5:15pm, the stage will come alive as Dan Budd as Robbie Williams asks that you let him entertain you!

Nominees from the Child of Courage, Carer of the Year, and Future Star categories from Your Heroes Awards will join the Mayor Councillor Simon White to illuminate Newcastle-under-Lyme with the switch-on of the Christmas lights.

The event will come to a close with a set from local music scene favourite, Levi Knapper, starting at 6:30pm.

This year, the traditional fireworks display has been replaced by a spectacular laser show, a decision inspired by environmental considerations and a commitment to wildlife preservation.

The Business Improvement District (BID) has collaborated with various organisations to ensure a full day of activities.

In addition to the main stage performances, the Castle Artisan Market will host over 40 artisan traders on The Stones, offering a delightful selection of crafts and gifts. Local food street vendors, including Hamilton Bay, and businesses like Crossways and The Clubhouse, will serve delicious treats and beverages.

Attendees can also participate in a free lantern-making workshop by B Arts on the Ironmarket, where they are invited to create lanterns for the upcoming Newcastle Lantern Parade  that will be held on December 2nd.  Free craft activities for children and letter-writing to Santa will add to the festive cheer.

There will also be a visit from Santa and his elf, fairground rides, face painting and opportunities to meet and greet Elsa and Anna.