The city will finally light up for the festive season.
While Christmas is set to look very different in Manchester this year, it’s also been delayed, too – with the current lockdown restrictions forcing Manchester City Council to postpone this month’s anticipated Christmas lights switch-on. Originally set to take place early in November, it’s now been confirmed that the official switch-on will take place on Wednesday 2nd December.
In honour of the region’s key workers, this year’s event will see three NHS workers turn on the city’s Christmas lights, with Mancs able to live stream the occasion from home.
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “Christmas will finally arrive in Manchester this week after a slightly longer wait than usual. Although the festive season will feel a bit different this year, we still can’t wait to push the button on our Christmas lights with the help of our NHS and social care heroes.
“The Christmas Lights switch-on has always marked the start of Christmas in Manchester and this year will be more important than ever. Christmas is a really important time for the city’s businesses and we will be doing everything we can to ensure people can visit the city centre safely and give businesses the support they need.”