Sutton Coldfield sparkles at annual lights switch on
19th November 2019
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  Sutton Coldfield has stepped into Christmas in style as hundreds of members of the community came together for its annual Christmas lights switch on Saturday.   The much-loved community event saw Free Radio presenters, Ben and Lou, host a day of free, festive family fun, culminating with the big switch on of the town’s dazzling display.   Talented local singers, bands and choirs provided a seasonal soundtrack to help get guests in the Christmas spirit, with live performances throughout the day.   For little ones, children’s favourite character, Hey Duggee, made special appearances throughout the afternoon before helping to turn on the lights.   The Gracechurch Express returned to the centre, taking passengers on a magical ride through the festivities, and there was also festive face-painting outside House of Fraser.    Funded by Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Business Improvement District, this year’s Christmas lights display has seen the town centre transformed into a winter wonderland as part of its ongoing investment to improve the BID area.   Mike Bushell, Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID Manager, said: “Saturday’s lights switch on was a fantastic way to kick off the festive season here in Sutton Coldfield, and we were delighted to see so many members of the community join us for some festive fun.   “Christmas is a particularly busy time of year in the town centre, whether visitors are joining us for shopping or celebrating, and we’re dedicated to creating a festive ambience to help make their visit even more magical,” he added.   As well as the Christmas lights switch on, Sutton Coldfield Town Centre will also host an exciting calendar of seasonal celebrations throughout December, including Skett’s Christmas Food and Craft Fayre, festive gin tasting and mulled wine at Simpson’s Gin Bar, and Birmingham Philaharmonic Orchestra at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.   For more information and full listings of what’s on in Sutton Coldfield this Christmas, visit  

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