Story by Dan Ben in The Press.
The annual switching on of York’s Christmas lights will take place tonight in St Helen’s Square.
Hundreds of people are expected to gather outside the Guildhall when the lights on the Christmas tree, which has been sponsored by supporters of St Leonard’s Hospice, will be turned on by Lord Mayor of York Sonja Crisp between 6pm and 6.30pm.
Music will be performed by local brass bands, and the countdown to the switch-on will be led by characters from this year’s Theatre Royal Pantomime, Dick Whittington (and his meerkat).
The event marks the beginning of the St Nicholas Fair, which will run until December 23, and the beginning of York’s late-night shopping every Thursday on the run-up to Christmas.
This year will see Parliament Street home to a Scandinavian style tipi, a new Ice Trail, a Choirs’ Weekend and a longer St Nicholas Festival and Fair around the city, with wooden chalets also in place at St Sampson’s Square, Coppergate and on the terrace of The Judge’s Lodging in Lendal.
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