A well-attended Christmas Lights Switch-on for Wilmslow

Crowds watching the Christmas lights switch-on event, taken from stage.

Wilmslow’s Christmas lights switch-on event on Saturday 20th November was extremely well-supported, drawing what we believe to be the largest crowds since Wilmslow Town Council began organising the event.

The start of the festive day began with the opening of the Christmas Artisan Markets on Alderley Road at 10am. In the afternoon, the reindeer - including one baby reindeer on his first outing - were on display in the Romany gardens, and ‘Living Lamp Posts – three metre tall walking and talking lamposts - entertained the crowds and posed for photographs. At 4pm, Santa arrived at the Romany gardens to accompany his reindeer for a crowd-lined parade through the gardens, across the main Town Centre junction and down Grove Street to Grove Avenue.

At Bank Square, there was live music from local band Fondabath, followed by performances by the Wilmslow High School Concert Band, Wilmslow High School Voices, Dance & Theatre School’s cast of Aladdin and the Gorsey Bank Choir.

Wilmslow-resident Dr Rangan Chatterjee: GP, Author and Host of the #1 Feel Better Live More Podcast, accompanied by his family, switched on Wilmslow’s new Christmas lights.

WFA’s Erik Garner hosted the on-stage entertainment. Erik said, “It was great to have the Wilmslow Christmas Light Switch-on back. It always feels like the start of the build up to Christmas. I think that it was by far the biggest turn-out ever to watch Dr Chatterjee plunge the plunger and turn on Wilmslow’s fabulous brand-new lights!”

Wilmslow Town Council Chairman, Martin Watkins, said of the event, “What a spectacular day for Wilmslow: the number of people in attendance was incredible, the weather conditions were just right, and the market, music and entertainment really put people in the festive spirit.

We hope those who attended had a memorable day and – along with residents, businesses and visitors - enjoy the beautiful new lights during the Christmas period.

Our thanks go to Dr Rangan Chatterjee for doing the important job of switching the lights on, and all those who contributed and attended, for making Saturday a real community event for Wilmslow”.

Please see Gallery Images (below) for some of the day’s highlights.

We would love to hear your feedback on the event, to help shape future events: please email any suggestions or comments to comms@wilmslowtowncouncil.gov.uk.


The next event for Wilmslow will be the Wilmslow Fashion Festival on 26th and 27th November, organised by Wilmslows Way Better.