Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch-On Headline acts announced

X Factor finalists ‘5 After Midnight’ will headline Carlisle’s Christmas Lights Switch On event.

The three-piece boyband said: “We are super excited to be in Carlisle performing we cannot wait to get up on that stage!!”

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The 2016 finalists will be joined by other celebrity acts, The Beatbox Collective – the reigning world beatbox champions and Taken, Dublin’s newest up and coming boyband who have recently toured the UK supporting acts including The Vamps and Union J.

Local dance groups and school choirs will join the celebrity acts at this year’s Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch On.There will be a showcase of local community groups and performers – Stevie D’s Faith, The Lakes Choir – Stagecoach Performing Arts; Kira Tickner; Carlisle Dance Academy and Stanwix Primary School.

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The afternoon’s entertainment will also include a ‘stars of the future’ line up, including Jack Rose; Nathan Grisdale, Joseph and Thomas Teago.

The free family event will be held between 2pm and 5.30pm on Sunday, 19 November.

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Organised by Carlisle City Council, it will provide a packed family entertainment programme, to suit all ages. The star-studded Christmas Lights Switch On stage will be in place in the city centre pedestrianised area, outside the Old Town Hall.

The Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Trish Vasey will trigger a galaxy of Christmas lights in the city centre at 5pm. The Christmas Lights Switch On is part of Carlisle’s countdown to Christmas.

Cllr Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure, said:

“Preparations are well underway for our Christmas Lights Switch On event. The event itself will also provide another boost to the economy and will draw thousands of people to the city centre.”

Visit www.discovercarlisle.co.uk for events information.

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