Coming into Ely for the Christmas lights switch on? Here’s the timetable of what to expect on Friday so come and enjoy the festive fun
- Credit: Archant
On Friday evening Ely will reverberate to the sounds of the festive spirit as up to 4,000 people are expected at the traditional Christmas Lights Switch on.
The event will be held in the city centre on market place, Fore Hill, Market Street and part of Brays Lane for this most family friendly of occasions.
It has been a feature of Ely for 13 years and this year’s lights switch on promises to be as good as it gets.
Ian Newstead, whose family has helped organise the event for many years, said its success is based on putting on entertainment that everyone of all ages can enjoy.
Comprised of a team of volunteers the Christmas Switch on Group many months of pre--planning go into getting the city ready for the big switch-on.
Here’s a list of everything you need to know about the lights switch-on arrangements:
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- 4 New bid for housing thwarted by Great Crested Newts
- 5 Village barn struck by arsonists in 4am blaze
- 6 Change of plan for A142 Mepal bridge works as July closures announced
- 7 Axing BBC TV news from Cambridge 'a backward step' says MP
- 8 Littleport 'hit and run' on Victoria Street
- 9 Explained: What the cost of living support package means for you
- 10 Florist 'busier than ever' hoping to build from lockdown success
5.30am to 10.30pm – High Street, Fore Hill, Market Place, Brays lane (part) closed to traffic.
3pm - Onwards BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Live from Ely Market Place.
3pm to 8.30pm – Fair Rides Open.
3pm - Food Vendors Open
3.30pm to 8.30pm – Event Stalls Open.
5pm - Fore Hill Santa’s Grotto opens.
4.17pm – Father Christmas and KD’s Jack & The Beanstalk Travels through Ely on horse drawn carriage from Barton Road Car Park.
4.23pm – BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Opens City of Ely Council’s Ely Christmas Light Switch On Event.
4.30pm to 7.55pm - Live acts on stage!
6.45pm - Christmas Lights Get Turned On.
LIVE ON STAGE
3.52pm – Event Open “Christmas overture”
4.08pm – Switch On “Black Eyed Peas” CD mentioning sponsors.
4.12pm – “Miracle”
4.17pm – Father Christmas arrives and on stage with KD Productions – Jack and the Beanstalk Cast arrives.
4.23pm – BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Live.
4.27pm – Father Christmas on Stage with KD Productions – Jack and the Beanstalk.
4.35pm – Frozen LIVE.
4.50pm – City of Ely Mayor.
4.55pm – Octagon Dance Studio.
5.20pm – Nikki Dine-Hart.
5.50pm – BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Fun and Games.
5.55pm – Gary Goodmaze – Freddie Mercury Tribute.
6.26pm – KD Productions – Ely Panto – Jack & the Beanstalk
6.39pm – FINAL COUNTDOWN
6.45pm – “The Big Switch On”
6.48pm – BBC Radio Cam Introduces Simply Jackson.
6.49pm – Simply Jackson - Live on Stage.
7.35pm – Anneli.
7.55pm – Stage Acts Finish BBC Radio Cam GOODBYE For 2018.
8.30pm – Event Closes.
Switch On Sponsors 2018
CITY OF ELY COUNCIL
Grey’s Of Ely
Gill Insulation Ltd
SnailRiver Carriage Company
Ely Skip Hire
SkyLark Garden Centre
Practical Car and Van Hire
Ely Hereward Rotary Club
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire