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Who's Switching On The Christmas Lights In Your City in 2016?

At Find Me a Gift, we believe that nothing signals the beginning of the festive season more than the big Christmas light switch on in your local city. It's a great excuse to get the community together, grab your first mulled wine of the season, and "ooh" and "ahh" at the festive and twinkly beauty as your city transforms itself into a winter wonderland.

If you're wondering where and when the Christmas lights in your nearest city are being switched on, we've got you covered with our handy 2016 UK City Guide showcasing the details of light ceremonies across the country. We've also included a list of who has the honour of turning on the Christmas lights for each location: has your city got a glitzy celeb or traditional Father Christmas?

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England


City Location Date Who
Bath SouthGate Street North Wed 16th Nov at 18:00 Father Christmas
Birmingham Victoria Square Thurs 17th Nov at 17:30 Father Christmas and The Mayor
Bradford Bradford City Park Sat 19th Nov at 17:00 Cirque Bijou
Brighton & Hove East Street Wed 16th Nov at 17:30 Steve Coogan
Bristol Cabot Circus Fri 11th Nov at 18:00 Lumina Dual
Cambridge Market Square Sun 20th Nov at 17:00 Cambridge United Football Team
Canterbury St. George's Street Thurs 17th Nov at 17:00 Cast of Dick Whittington
Carlisle The Old Town Hall Sun 20th Nov at 17:00 Ben Haenow
Chelmsford Chelmsford City High Street Sun 27th Nov at 16:45 Heart Radio Presenters Martin and Sue
Chester Town Hall Square Thurs 17th Nov at 19:00 Father Christmas and the Mayor
Chichester Market Cross Thurs 24th Nov at 18:30 Father Christmas
Coventry Broadgate Wed 23rd Nov at 19:30 Fleur East
Derby Market Place Sat 19th Nov at 18:30 The Voice UK's Dwaine Hayden
Durham Durham Market Place Sun 20th Nov at 16:30 The Mayor
Ely Ely Market Place Fri 25th Nov at 18:45 Local Musicians Melody Causton and Ethan Ash
Exeter Princesshay Square Thurs 17th Nov at 18:25 Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
Gloucester Gloucester Cathedral Sun 20th Nov at 17:00 Father Christmas
Hereford High Town Sun 20th Nov at 17:00 Jo and Bradley from S Club 7
Kingston upon Hull Rose Bowl in Queen's Gardens Thurs 24th Nov at 19:00 Kirk Yeaman and Danny Houghton from Hull FC
Lancaster Market Square Sun 20th Nov at 17:00 Sean, Ritchie and Scott from 5ive
Leeds Victoria Gardens Thurs 10th Nov at 18:45 Alastair and Jonny Brownlee
Leicester Humberstone Gate West Thurs 17th Nov at 18:30 The Mayor
Lichfield Market Square Sun 27th Nov at 17:00 Two children will be selected from a competition
Lincoln High Street Thurs 17th Nov at 19:00 Paralympian Sophie Wells and Kerry Katona
Liverpool Paradise Street Thurs 10th Nov at 18:00 Shrek
City of London Oxford Street Sun 6th Nov at 18:00 Craig David
Manchester Albert Square Fri 4th Nov at 19:30 Louisa Johnson
Newcastle Grey Street Thurs 17th Nov at 17:30 One lucky member of the crowd
Norwich City Hall Thurs 17th Nov at 18:00 Ed Balls
Nottingham Old Market Square Thurs 24th Nov at 18:25 Father Christmas
Oxford St. Giles Friday 25th Nov at 17:00 Various Street Theatre Acts
Peterborough Cathedral Square Sat 19th Nov at 17:00 Father Christmas and the Mayor
Plymouth City Centre Piazza Thurs 17th Nov at 18:25 Sam Bailey
Portsmouth Palmerston Road Wed 9th Nov at 17:00 Marcus Patric (Hollyoaks' Ben Davies)
Preston Flag Market Sat 26th Nov at 19:45 Mr Bloom and Heather Small
Ripon Market Place Sat 26th Nov at 18:00 Father Christmas
Salisbury Market Place Thurs 17th Nov at 18:00 Joey Essex
Sheffield Peace Gardens Sun 20th Nov at 17:30 TBA
Southampton Above Bar Pedestrian Precinct Sat 12th Nov at 17:00 The Mayor and The Breeze Drive Home Presenter David Perry
St. Albans St. Peter’s Street Sun 27th Nov at 17:00 Rita Simons (EastEnders' Roxy Mitchell)
Stoke-on-Trent South Wolfe Street Sat 19th Nov at 19:00 The Legendary Lonnie Band
Sunderland Keel Square Thurs 17th Nov at 18:30 The Mayor
Truro Victoria Gardens Wed 23rd Nov at 19:00 The Mayor
Wakefield The Bull Ring Fri 18th Nov at 17:30 Chris Kamara
Winchester The Broadway Thurs 17th Nov at 18:00 One lucky member of the crowd
Wolverhampton Queen's Square Wed 23rd Nov at 18:30 Boj (Cbeebies) and Wolverhampton Wanderers football team
Worcester Guildhall, High Street Thurs 17th Nov at 18:00 The Mayor and Pudsey Bear
York Coppergate Centre Square Fri 11th Nov at 18:20 Cast of Aladdin Panto

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Scotland


City Location Date Who
Aberdeen Castlegate Thurs 24th Nov at 19:00 Lord Provost and Deputy Mayor
Dundee City Square Fri 18th Nov at 18:30 Santa Claus and the Lord Provost
Edinburgh George Street Sun 20th Nov at 16:30 Lord Provost
Glasgow George Square Sun 20th Nov at 18:00 The Mayor
Inverness High Street Sun 20th Nov at 17:45 Father Christmas
Perth Tay Street Sat 19th Nov at 18:15 Professor Green, Fleur East and Slade
Stirling King Street Sunday 20th Nov at 17:00 The Voice UK's Stevie McCrorie

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Wales


City Location Date Who
Aberystwyth Great Dargate Street Sat 3rd Dec at 16:15 TBA
Cardiff Cardiff City Centre Thurs 10th Nov at 16:30 No official 'switch on'
Newport Junction of Charles Street and Commercial Street Sat 12th Nov at 17:00 Union J
Swansea Kingsway Thurs 10th Nov at 18:00 Father Christmas

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Northern Ireland


City Location Date Who
Belfast Belfast City Hall Sat 19th Nov at 18:30 Lily of Lily's Driftwood Bay and the Clangers
Derry Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place Thurs 17th Nov at 18:00 Father Christmas, Panto Stars and Paw Patrol
Lisburn Market Square Thurs 17th Nov at 18:30 Q Radio's Stephen Clements
Newry Marcus Square Thurs 24th Nov at 17:40 The Mayor
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