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Christmas lights switched on in Stranraer

The Castle Square in Stranraer is packed with crowds as the Christmas lights were turned on on Saturday evening Credit: Jim Ryder
Santa arrives as crowds gathered to watch the Christmas lights being switched on at the Castle Square Credit: Jim Ryder
Children from Kirkcolm P School watch as fellow pupil Zack Ashton switches the lights on Credit: Jim Ryder

No Christmas cheer from Collabro

Collabro back out of the Christmas Lights Switch On event Credit: ITV News Border

Collabro will no longer be taking part in this year’s Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch On event.

The 2014 winners of Britain’s Got Talent have apologised after cancelling their appearance. A spokesperson for the group said:

“We hugely apologise for any upset caused to Collabro and Matt’s fans. Matt is equally disappointed at having to pull out of this as he was greatly looking forward to it. On this occasion the boys have unexpected and unavoidable International commitments that have arisen."

– Spokesperson

The Christmas Lights Switch On is part of Carlisle's countdown to Christmas and will be held between 1pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 16th November.

“We’re extremely disappointed that Collabro will no longer be taking part in our Lights Switch On event. However, we’ve got a great programme of entertainment that includes celebrity acts and local performers. We’ve had to extend this year’s event to accommodate the interest from star acts wanting to take part.”

– Councillor Colin Glover

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The most festive house in the Border region?

Is this B&B on Warwick Road, Carlisle the most festive in the region? Credit: ITV News Border

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Christmas coming to Carlisle

Thousands are expected to attend the annual Christmas light switch on in Carlisle City Centre later today (Sunday 17th November).

Crowds will be entertained by X-Factor finalists Miss Dynamix and The Voice finalists DIVA! in the run up.

The local talent is set to include the Carlisle Community Choir, Carlisle Dance Academy, Only The Young, Richard Rose Dance Academy, Room 101, The All New Jersey Boys and The Future Kicks.

The entertainment will begin at 2pm, and Carlisle Mayor Ray Bloxham will switch the lights on at 5pm.

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Dumfries Christmas lights switch-on

The Christmas lights will be switched on in Dumfries at 5pm today, November 25.

The family entertainment gets underway at 1pm with a performance from the Dumfries Razzamataz Theatre School.

In the afternoon, Zoe Bestal and classical music with a modern twist will be provided by Voce.

Later the entertainment takes on a Scottish flavour with lively folk melodies from Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter.

Santa gets in on the act at 4pm with a High Street procession before Silver Fox take to the stage to get the crowds singing along in the run up to the big switch on at 5pm.

"The Christmas lights switch-on is a great occasion in Dumfries. I would encourage you to come along with your families and friends to enjoy the entertainment running throughout the afternoon, with the big finale being the switch-on of the lights at 5pm."

– Cllr Gill Dykes, Dumfries &Galloway

Carlisle prepares for Christmas lights switch-on

The countdown to Carlisle's annual Christmas lights switch-on has begun.

The stage will be in place outside the Old Town Hall on Sunday 18th November, with entertainment kicking off at 2pm, followed by a variety of acts performing throughout the afternoon, before the switch-on at 6pm.

The event is free and programme highlights include:

  • 2pm - 2.30pm: Twelve Days of Christmas Community Parade
  • 2.30pm - 3.10pm: Christmas Crackers and Bruce Airhead
  • 3.10pm - 4.10pm: Local Acts moment to shine
  • 4.10pm - 4.25pm: Christmas Crackers
  • 4.25pm- 5pm: Local Acts moment to shine
  • 5pm - 5.30pm - Bruce Airhead Christmas Show
  • 5.30pm - 6pm: Jamie AFRO Archer
  • 6pm: Christmas Lights Switch On

“Preparations are well underway for this weekend’s Christmas Lights Switch On event. There’s a packed programme of free, family-friendly entertainment. Come along and join in the fun!”

– Cllr Anne Quilter, Portfolio holder for Culture, Health, Leisure & Young People