Newcastle Christmas Lights Switch On: Where, when and who’s attending?

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The much-loved lights switch on is upon us.

The Newcastle Christmas Lights Switch On is finally upon us.

The streets of the city centre will be lit up this Thursday, November 11 as festive fervour continues to grip Tyneside.

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It's a mainstay in the festive calendar and this year the switch on will be open to the public once again.

The news comes after much-loved events, including the City Stadium and Saltwell Park firework displays, as well as the Fenwick Christmas Window reveal, were pulled as Covid cases in the region continue to rise.

However, the Christmas Lights Switch On is going ahead with the council asking attendees to wear face masks and to stay at home if they feel unwell. is on hand with all you need to know for the Newcastle Christmas Lights Switch On 2021.

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When is the Christmas Lights Switch On?

The switch-on has crept up on us quickly this year and will take place this week.

It will be on Thursday, November 11.

Proceedings will get underway from 6 pm.

Where will the Christmas Lights Switch On take place?

The switch on will be back in its traditional place this year.

The event takes place on Grey Street in the city centre.

It'll be overlooked by Grey's Monuments as the lights come to life.

Who is switching on the Christmas Lights?

Metro Radio Breakfast Show hosts Steve and Karen will be hosting the event again this year.

The Lord Mayor himself will also be attendance.

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A key worker nominated by friends and family will also be there to turn on the lights.

For kids, there will be panto stars sprinkled around and even a flying visit from Santa.

What have people said about the event?

Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet Member for Development, Neighbourhoods and Transport said: “It’s great to welcome back this much-loved event that marks the official start of the festive celebrations in our city.

“We’ve been working hard to deliver the big switch on so that it’s safe and fun for everyone. There’ll be entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy. It’s also a great boost for local businesses.

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“So, get those Christmas jumpers and Santa hats on and join us for what promises to be a brilliant event to get everyone in the festive mood.”

Steve Furnell from Metro Radio’s Breakfast Show said “Karen and I have hosted this event for several years now and it really is one of the highlights of our year.

"It’s great news that it’s back in the calendar and we’re looking forward to getting on stage and having some festive fun with the people of Newcastle.”

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