It’s not truly Christmas until the lights have been turned on and Colne Town Council went above and beyond for Colne’s Christmas Light Switch On 2023 making it one of the busiest light swich on events Colne has seen featuring Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Steve Royle and Coronation Street favourite, Andy Whyment.

Colne Christmas Light Switch On, brought people out in their thousands to enjoy a magical day filled with lots of family friendly fun. There was something for everyone including brassband performances, giant snow globe, rodeo reindeer, Santa’s grotto, fun fair rides, festive stilt walkers plus so much more.

Our incredible main stage line-up saw a brilliant variety of entertainment, all hosted by the sensational Gavin Young, including live music from Tom Scothern and Sophie Stott, dance performances from Encore Dance School, theatre productions from Stage Door Youth Theatre, comedy magic shows with Taz Entertainment, sing-a-long performances with the Greatest Showman followed by our finale featuring Helen Green Academy of Dance, Steve Royle and Andy Whyment.

The event also saw the return of our incredible torch lit procession, lead by Santa in his sleigh, for the 1st stage of the light switch on turning on the lights along Albert Road and Church Street. Families gathered to take part in the parade lighting up the high street before heading front of stage for the remainder of the evening.

The Fun House (formerly Earnies) was transformed into an amazing Christmas Market for the event with over 50 stalls, lots of festive decorations, a FREE Santa’s Grotto, FREE face painting as well as some festive entertainment.

The 2023 Colne Christmas Light Switch On came to an end when Andy Whyment (Coronation Street’s Kirk), Steve Royle (Britain’s Got Talent Finalist), Santa and his elf, the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle and representatives of our incredible Sponsors (Farmhouse Biscuits, West Riding Hyundai Colne & ASDA Colne) joined us on stage to push down the plunger to turn on Colne’s lights and start the firework finale!

Cllr. Mary Thomas, Chairman of Colne Town Council, said: “Colne Christmas Light Switch On 2023 was amazing, bringing people out in their thousands to enjoy the festivities here in Colne, it was brilliant to bring the whole community together and it is definitely an event we will remember for a long time.”

Nathan Cutler, Colne Town Council’s Event Officer, said: “We really wanted to push to boat out this year to make sure we put Colne on the map. Going bigger and better than previous years, we worked incredibly hard to put on event which everyone would enjoy.”

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