ITV News Central's Christmas countdown programme

Thousands will attend the festivities in the centre of Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

ITV News Central presenters Matt Teale and Yasmin Bodalbhai will be live in Leicester for a special programme at 6pm tonight. We'll be joining thousands of people in the city centre for the Christmas lights switch-on.

We'll be broadcasting the lights switch-on moment live on ITV Central. We'll also be going behind the scenes with those tasked with transforming the city ready for Christmas.

From 5pm on Thursday (22 November), a packed programme of live entertainment on the Humberstone Gate stage will get everyone feeling festive – with sing-along songs, foot-tapping tunes and a special visit from Santa.

The Humberstone Gate stage programme will continue after the big switch-on, with live music. Over in Town Hall Square, visitors will be able to see a tableau scene featuring Alice in Wonderland and listen to music from the Wigston Enterprise Band and the Oh Happy Days children’s choir. Leicester’s traditional nativity scene can also be found in Town Hall Square.

Highcross will also have lots of festive entertainment from 5pm until 9pm – while Leicester’s Wheel of Light in Jubilee Square will be giving visitors a bird’s eye view of the city’s glittering Christmas lights until 10pm.