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Manchester Christmas Lights Switch-On Has Been Delayed Due To The November Lockdown

By Laura Rogan November 10, 2020

The city won’t be getting festive just yet.

While Christmas is set to look very different in Manchester this year, it’s also set to be delayed, too – with the current lockdown restrictions forcing Manchester City Council to postpone this month’s anticipated Christmas lights switch-on.

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. And while the new date is currently unconfirmed, further details are promised to come within the next few weeks.

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Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “We have spoken to Santa and we have agreed that Christmas will happen in Manchester – we just have to be patient.“Public Safety must come first, and so the lockdown means we have had to postpone our Christmas Lights Switch-on until December.

“However, we are determined to celebrate the festive season at a really important time for the city’s businesses. And our NHS heroes will be lined up to turn on the lights before you know it.”

This year’s Christmas lights will be joined by Manchester’s giant Santa and a trail of light sculptures – with Mancs able to visit them COVID-safe outdoors in lieu of this year’s markets.

Read more: Lightopia Will Light Up Heaton Park This Year For A Socially-Distanced Christmas

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