Altrincham’s Christmas celebrations start on Saturday 25th November with the Christmas Lights Switch-on. Altrincham BID, who produce Visit Altrincham, is excited to announce that Ryan Thomas, TV personality and influencer, will headline the show alongside Happy Radio’s Darren Proctor and Chelsea Norris.
Ryan is best known for playing the role of Jason Grimshaw on ITV soap Coronation Street. In 2018 he won final series of Celebrity Big Brother and last year he also won Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.
Ryan is set to appear as a contestant on Dancing on Ice in 2024 and is currently training and rehearsing at Altrincham's Ice Rink; Planet Ice with his Pro-Skating Partner; Amani Fancy, who will be joining him for the switch-on.
The stage will be on Regent Road, with an additional relay screen on the Travelodge bridge, allowing the audience to enjoy the show along the length of upper George Street.
The show begins at 3pm with a heartwarming performance by the Little Belters, followed by The Music Place Choir, Sing It! and Wellington School’s Year 7 Choir. Local singers Alexander Stewart and Millie Royle will also be taking to the stage along with the cast from Planet Ice’s Wizard of Oz and team members of Altrincham Football Club. Santa will be putting in a special appearance and joining Ryan to press the big red button and illuminate the town’s lights at 6pm.
The town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on is organsied by Altrincham BID, who produce Visit Altrincham. The event is funded by Altrincham’s businesses, with additional sponsorship from Altrincham Football Club, Assura, Calderpeel Architects, Capstone Financial, The Con Club, Gran T’s Coffee House, The Grafton Quarter, Handelsbanken, Hill & Company Solicitors, McHale & Co Solicitors, Jameson & Partners Estate Agents, Kier Construction, Lund Bennett Law, MLP Law and Rasassi Restaurant.