Six spectacular switch-ons for all the family will light up City of Wolverhampton for the countdown to Christmas.

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The festivities kick off with a huge city centre lights switch-on and firework display in Queen Square on Wednesday 22 November.

The fun packed evening starts at 5pm, with entertainment from the Free Radio roadshow, a mini funfair, real reindeer located in Lichfield Street and traditional Christmas music from the Wulfruna vintage steam organ.

Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu, stars from this year's Grand Theatre pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, children's picture book character, The Gruffalo, and British Citizen Youth Award winner, Louis Johnson, will join Father Christmas to switch on the lights at 6.30pm, which will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

There is also the chance to grab some fabulous Christmas gifts and goodies at the festive market taking place on Dudley Street from 10am to 8pm.

And you can meet Father Christmas in his Winter Wonderland, in the Mander Centre lower mall, between 4pm and 8pm - everyone who meets him will get a present.

The city centre fun is followed by five more evenings of festive celebrations when the lights are also switched on by Father Christmas and the Mayor of Wolverhampton at Wednesfield, Tettenhall, Bilston, Bantock Park and Northycote Farm.

Entertainment will be provided by Dicky Dodd and the Signal 107 roadshow.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "Each year we get more and more families coming along to enjoy the lights being switched on to mark the start of the countdown to Christmas - they really are great free evenings out.

"And what better time to also take advantage of the city's diverse range of shops. Our offer is improving year on year and visitors can now make the most of Mander Centre's new flagship Debenhams store."

All the below Christmas events are free:

Wednesday 22 November: Wolverhampton, Queen Square - event starts 5pm, lights switch on 6.30pm

Thursday 23 November: Wednesfield, High Street - event starts at 4pm, switch on 5.30pm.  

Saturday 25 November: Tettenhall, Upper Green - event starts at 5pm, switch on 6.30pm

Sunday 26 November: Bantock Park, Finchfield Road - event starts at 5pm, switch on 6.30pm. You can also meet Father Christmas in the Drawing Room of Bantock House Museum between 5pm and 6.15pm.

Friday 1 December: Bilston, Church Street - event starts at 5.30pm, switch on 6.30pm

Saturday 2 December: Northycote Farm, Underhill Lane - event starts at 4pm, switch on 5pm. Free craft and storytelling session for children from 4pm.

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  • released: Friday 27 October, 2017