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MediaCityUK Will Officially Switch On Its Christmas Lights Display Tonight

By Laura Rogan

MediaCityUK Will Officially Switch On Its Christmas Lights Display Tonight

The lights switch-on follows Manchester’s glittering display last night.

MediaCityUK is officially getting into the festive spirit tonight, with an official Christmas lights switch-on taking place this evening. The display will join Manchester city centre’s beautiful array of lights that spread across the centre – with a number of light sculptures also dotting around some of the busiest hot spots.

Kicking off at 6.30pm tonight, the virtual event will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Katie Thistleton and CBBC sensation Hacker The Dog, and will mark the start of the festive season at the multi-use hub – which is home to a number of restaurants and bars, as well as filming studios, the BBC and ITV.

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In addition to marking the start of Christmas at MediaCityUK, the live-streamed launch event will also see the return of the popular ‘Box On The Docks’ pop-up, which was delayed as a result of the national November lockdown. The pop-up originally had Seven Bro7hers, The Dockyard, Vertigo and The Botanist lined up for festive takeovers, with beers, burgers and more in store for guests.

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Following in the footsteps of the summer versions of the boxes, the greenhouses have undergone a festive makeover – with designs by Gogglebox’s Helena Worthington and commissions by local artists. There’ll also be a Salford Foodbank collection point, a magical Elf and Fairy Garden, a fabulous Shimmer Wall, and the ever-popular Makers Markets on hand to provide the festive vibes.

To tune in to the live-stream, head to MediaCityUK’s Facebook page before 6.30pm.

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