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Hollyoaks star to light up Sheffield this Christmas

Dixie and Emma
Dixie and Emma

He’s graced millions of screens on the X-Factor, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Hollyoaks and now actor, singer and model Jake Quickenden will be gracing Sheffield’s Peace Gardens to switch on the city’s Christmas lights on Sunday 17 November. 


Jake will be joined on stage by a strong cast of personalities, including Britain’s Got Talent stars Siobhan Philips & Kyle Tomlinson, plus theatre’s finest panto performers from Cinderella. 


The Christmas Lights Switch On event takes place on Sunday 17 November from 2pm to 6.30pm with Jake hitting the switch at 5.30pm from the Peace Gardens stage. 


Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Jake, Siobhan, Kyle and all the other acts to Sheffield to help us celebrate this wonderful time of year in our vibrant city centre. 


“The Christmas Lights Switch On is by far our most popular event, attracting thousands of people of all ages and this year promises to be full of festive fun. The countdown really is on now and I look forward to seeing everyone there on the day, to light up Sheffield for this magical season.” 


Heart Yorkshire presenters Dixie & Emma will host the stage programme with choirs, Christmas music, entertainment and interviews. 


Entertainment this year comes from Britain’s Got Talent starts Siobhan Philips & Kyle Tomlinson, Cinderella panto favourites Mr Maker and the Dame funny-man Damien Williams, X-Factor’s Jordan Rabjohn, Channy, Luca, girl band DIVA, dance group Hype Dance, plus The Stagecoach and Vivacity choirs. 


All the family can come along to meet children’s film and TV characters, have a go on the Winter Maypole, visit the new Christmas crafts market in the Winter Garden and even meet Father Christmas in his Grotto on Pinstone Street. Families can also take a ride on a fire engine and play on the National Emergency Museum’s display of emergency vehicles as they go ‘on tour’ for the day. 


The Christmas market, with more than 50 hand-picked traders, plus the new Alpine Bar will be open from 14 November. 


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