Christmas Lights Switch On

To start the countdown to Christmas, Rugby First has revealed details of the Christmas Lights Switch On event, taking place on Sunday 17 November in the town centre.

As in previous years, the town’s light’s will be switched on by a chart-topping singer and this year Rugby First is delighted to announce that Becky Hill will be the event’s headline act.

From being the only contestant from The Voice to achieve a UK number one, Becky has collaborated with Rudimental, Jonas Blue and Sigala on hit singles, as well as being a successful songwriter for her own tracks.

Before Becky performs a selection of her hits, Rugby FM’s Jason Moss will get the Christmas Lights Switch On party started by hosting an afternoon of feel-good music. The line-up includes Army Cadets drummers; Benn Hall panto cast; Revive Choir with the Salvation Army Rugby band; Rugby’s Got Talent winner Paul Sammon; Germein; Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and Rugby Rock Choir.

Rich Warren, Rugby First’s operations director said: “The Christmas Lights Switch On is one of our favourite events to put on. It is a fun day out for all of the family that attracts thousands of visitors, the town is lit up and looks amazing, so it is a great start to the festive season.”

On the day visitors can enjoy fairground rides. There will be a funfair along North Street, smaller children’s rides in Albert Street and stalls in the North Street car park (behind Halifax building society) open from noon to 8pm.

For children there will be face painting, balloon making, birds of prey, a magician, a petting zoo and Santa’s Grotto. As well as being able to start your Christmas shopping at the Christmas market, the afternoon’s entertainment culminates in a firework display, switched on by Becky Hill, Benn Hall panto cast and the Mayor of Rugby Cllr Bill Lewis at 5pm.

The free event is organised by Rugby First and Rugby FM, in partnership with Rugby Borough Council.