November 11th, Millennium Point. Event starts at 3.30 pm, switch on at 7.30 pm.
2006 details awaited
November 16th, Cardiff Civic Centre. Entertainment starts at 5.30 pm switch on at 6.45 pm. There will be special guests including CBeebies and Paul Carrack from Mike and the Mechanics. The switch on marks the opening of Cardiff's winter wonderland activities.
November 18th, Castleton. Switch on at 4.30 pm. The small Peak District town of Castleton is famous for its Christmas lights, which transform the already pretty main street into a a winter fairyland. The entrance road to the town is traditionally adorned with Christmas trees, twinkling with golden lights. Think pretty Victoriana, rather than Blackpool fantasia.
Not to be missed if you take a trip to the Peak District in the run up to Christmas - there are some lovely little shops selling local gifts and products and the lights will be on until January 5th 2007. Other events include carols by candlelight on December 10th and carols and a brass band at Peak Cavern on December 16th.
19th November, George Square. Entry this year is by advance ticket only, but tickets are available free on a first come first served basis at venues throughout the city. Gates open at 4 pm and the pre-show starts at 5.30 pm with DJ George Bowie from Radio Clyde. The switch on, by the Lord Provost will be at 6.30 pm and there will be a 15 minute firework display. Those attending are advised to use public transport.
November 9th, Victoria Gardens, Leeds (outside the Art Gallery). There will be entertainment and celebrity guests.
November 19th, St George's Plateau, Lime Street. Start 5.00 pm.
London, Bond Street
November 23rd 2006, Bond Street. Event starts at 5.00 pm switch on at 6.30 pm by special celebrity guest on the corner of Clifton Street and New Bond Street. A Christmas extravaganza not to be missed!
November 9th, Albert Square. Pre-show starts at 5.30 pm with the switch on from 6.15 pm. Special guest stars will be Simon Webbe and characters from Snow White and Aladdin. There will be a spectacular MAMMA MIA! firework finale.
November 16th, Grey's Monument. Switch on at 6.30 pm by Michael Owen.
November 19th, Barker's Pool. Activities start at 1.30 pm and Hallam FM will be leading the stage entertainment. Switch on by the Lord Mayor and a special celebrity guest at 5.00 pm. It's a family event to include street entertainment, a seasonal market, Santa and real reindeer, snow machines, fun fair rides and traditional festive food.
2006 details awaited.
November 19th, city centre.
2006 details awaited.