Millie Turner playing football

Wilmslow Town Council is excited to announce that Manchester United’s Millie Turner, from Wilmslow and a former Wilmslow High School Student, will switch on Wilmslow’s Christmas lights this year. 

Wilmslow’s Christmas lights switch-on event takes place this coming Saturday – 18th November – commencing at 10am with the opening of the Christmas Artisan Market on Alderley Road.  

Santa’s reindeer can be visited at the entrance to Wilmslow High School (Holly Road side) from 3pm until 4pm.  

At 4pm, the reindeer will prepare to pull Santa in his sleigh from the High School to Wilmslow Leisure Centre. The 10-minute parade will travel down Broadway, turning right towards the Leisure Centre and stopping at the cricket pitch in front of the Leisure Centre. 

Families are encouraged to line the pavements of Broadway to get the best view of Santa and his reindeer parade. 

The lights switch-on stage will be near Bank Square, where WFA’s Erik Garner will host music and entertainment from 2.45pm.  

This year, the stage’s sound and lights have been enhanced in response to feedback on last year’s event, and more road closures will be in place around Bank Square, to allow better stage positioning and more space for residents to relax and enjoy the event with refreshments from town centre businesses. A selection of town centre cafes and restaurants will be running pop-up stalls with refreshments including sweet treats, mulled wine & cider, hot dogs and hog roast.

The stage line-up includes Rock Choir, Wilmslow High School’s Jazz band, Stagecoach, Wilmslow High School’s Senior Choir, DATS and St Anne’s Fulshaw Primary School Choir. 

Following the big countdown with Santa, Millie Turner will switch Wilmslow’s Christmas lights on at around 5pm. 

Jon Newell, Chair of Wilmslow Town Council, said, “The Christmas Lights switch-on is one of Wilmslow Town Council’s biggest and most popular annual events.

The extra road closures this year should make the event even better, allowing the community to visit businesses more easily and enjoy the space around Bank Square whilst watching the on-stage entertainment.

“We are proud to fund and organise the day, with the help of our regular compare, Erik Garner, the Wilmslow’s Way Better team and local schools and groups. We are delighted that Wilmslow’s very own Millie Turner has agreed to switch the lights on for us this year.

“On behalf of the Town Council and all its Councillors, we hope the Wilmslow community enjoy this festive day.” 

Further updates about the Christmas Lights switch-on event will be shared through Wilmslow Town Council’s Facebook event and social media (Facebook, Instagram and X / Twitter).

Wilmslow’s Christmas Lights Switch-on will mark the start of the Wilmslow’s Christmas season and will be followed the next weekend by ‘Wilmslow’s Winter Wonderland’, featuring a synthetic ice rink, Santa’s grotto, Christmas stalls, street entertainment and performances from local choirs and singers.

Wilmslow’s Winter Wonderland is funded and organised by Wilmslow’s Way Better on behalf of the Wilmslow BID (Business Improvement District). For more information, please visit Wilmslow’s Way Better’s Christmas page.