Burnley Christmas lights switch-on has the X Factor

SWITCH ON: X Factor star Jake Quickenden

SWITCH ON: X Factor star Jake Quickenden

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Burnley families are being urged to get into the festive spirit when the town’s Christmas lights are switched on later this month.

The switch-on will be held in St James’s Street on Sunday, November 22nd, from noon, culminating in an explosive fireworks spectacular around 6pm.

The event fills the town centre and there’s a real sense of excitement

Coun. Sue Graham

The afternoon will be packed with entertainment leading up to the grand finale with an array of stars from X Factor including last year’s “I’m a Celebrity” runner-up Jake Quickenden.

The fun starts from noon with a stilt-walking Ice Prince and Princess and

Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants will be making appearances in Charter Walk Shopping Centre at noon, 1pm and 2pm.

The stage show, which starts at 3-15pm, will feature a range of successful music artists from Burnley and across the country.

Local performers set to grace the stage include dance group Fierce, winners of Burnley’s Got Talent 2015, theboykev – multi-instrumentalist songwriter Kevin Parry, accompanied by the Burnley Markets Christmas Choirs, local schools who helped to record a Christmas CD in aid of Pendleside Hospice.

They will be followed by the spectacular finale show featuring two-time X Factor contestant Jake, singer songwriter and rapper Misha B, who appeared on the X Factor in 2011 and who has since had two top 10 singles and supported Nicki Minaj on tour, Tom Bleasby, a 2015 X Factor contestant who recently performed on the Ellen Degeneres show in the United States alongside Jessie J.

Also performing will be up-and-coming girl band Tiger Heart, star of X Factor 2014 Jack Walton, Henry Gallagher, a 13-year-old singer/songwriter who stole hearts on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, Ella Shaw, described by Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent as “mega talented,” Matt Fitzgerald, who has enjoyed two top 40 singles, and Sam Callaghan, who has featured in the X Factor live shows tour.The stage, which is being specially constructed for the show, will be located in St James’s Street at the junction with Curzon Street.

Organisers also plan to bring in two large video screens to ensure that as many people as possible get to enjoy the show, which will finish with a dramatic rooftop firework display around 6pm.

Coun. Sue Graham, Burnley Council’s Executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “The Christmas lights switch-on is always a brilliant family event, and with the line-up on stage this year will be no different.

“The event fills the town centre and there’s a real sense of excitement.”

Charter Walk manager Mr Chris Gribben added: “The town centre lights switch-on offers a fun-packed family day out and the strength of this year’s programme will provide a memorable showcase event to launch Christmas in Burnley.”

The switch-on marks the start of Christmas shopping in Burnley, with many shops staying open until 8pm or later every Thursday in the run up to Christmas.