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Christmas lights switch on in Dumfries

This year's Dumfries Christmas lights Big Switch On took place in the town centre over the weekend.

You can watch the finale of fireworks shooting off above the town in our video of highlights from the event:

Free winter wonderland parking in Egremont

Credit: Press Association

Revellers at Egremont's winter wonderland Christmas lights switch-on will be able to park for free this weekend.

The free parking is available from midnight to midnight on Sunday in Copeland Borough Council's town centre car park.

The event had been due to take place yesterday but was put back a week due to the bad weather.

“The winter wonderland and lights switch on are a big part of the annual events in Egremont and it was unfortunate that the weather was so bad last week.

"I am delighted Copeland Council have been able to support the rescheduled Christmas event this Sunday, and have arranged for the free car parking.

“I hope the weather will be fine and the free parking will encourages more people to attend this Sunday (December 6) to support this great community event."

– Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland


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

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

Could this be the most festive house in the Border region?

Almost every part of the bed and breakfast on Warwick Road in Carlisle is covered in lights and decorations. Do you know one even more Christmassy?

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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.

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
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