Families will be ringing in Christmas in style this year with a packed programme of free events taking place at Leyland’s annual lights switch-on this Friday, November 30.
There will be live street entertainment on Hough Lane, a Santa’s grotto, children’s fun activities, and late-night opening at Leyland Market and various shops.
The festive fun will run into the evening with live music by local performers playing at venues across the town, and there will also be free parking in the town centre from 3pm.
Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “Christmas is always a magical time of year, but what makes this year even more special is that groups from across the community have worked together to put on this great event for the people of Leyland and the surrounding area.”
It will be a brighter Christmas in Leyland this year too, with more festive lights on display in Hough Lane and on the Leyland Clock roundabout, provided by the Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum.
The festive activities begin at 3.30pm with Santa’s grotto at the United Reformed Church on Hough Lane, hosted by Scouts and Guides.
School choirs will sing Christmas carols and local artists, including the Broughton Hand Bell Ringers and various dance troupes, will take to a special stage on the high street.
At 6.30pm, there will be a Christingle service held at the United Reformed Church and singers will perform to the crowds outside.
The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 7.30pm, and from 8pm until 11pm, there will be live music at a host of venues around Leyland.
A group called Groupo SambArifq will also perform near the Leyland Cross.
It’s similar to the summer’s Leyland Live music festival, and has once again been organised by Penwortham drummer Nigel Stewart.
Coun Smith added: “I hope everyone wraps up warm and makes the effort to come and celebrate Christmas in Leyland.
“Not only will they be supporting their town centre, but with children’s activities in the afternoon and live music in the evening, they will have a really great time to help them get into the festive spirit.”
Hough Lane festive entertainment
3.30pm – Santa’s Grotto opens, children’s activities, and carol singing by Leyland Methodist Infants
3.45pm – Carol singing by St. Andrew’s Infants
4.15pm – St Andrew’s Eagles nativity scene
5pm – St Mary’s Folk Group and Balshaw’s High School Band
5.30pm – St Mary’s Youth Group and Balshaw’s High School Choir
6pm – BMA Dance Troupe
6.20pm – Broughton Hand Bell Ringers
6.30pm – Christingle Service and singing by James Christy
7pm – Street Monkeys dance troupe
7.20pm – Singing by Heather Taylor
7.30pm – Christmas tree light switch-on, and singing by Ged Wilson
Leyland Live music festival
8pm – Catherine Sullivan, singer, covers, jazz/rock/pop
9pm – Phil Taylor Fleming, classical guitar
10pm – Jordan Madani, indie singer/songwriter
8pm – Sam Wize, singer/guitarist, covers
9pm – Bill Orrick, atmospheric folk pop
10pm – Simon Hughes, singer/guitarist, covers
Coppers Tea Room
8pm – Joe Bradbury, classical guitar
9pm – Andy Oliver, folk singer
10pm – Ged Wilson, acoustic blues
8pm – Jazzy Notes, jazz duo, vocal and piano
9pm – Catherine Sullivan, singer, covers, jazz/rock/pop
10pm – Joe Bradbury, classical guitar
Knights of St Columba
8pm – Megan and Rob, vocal and piano, covers
9pm – Jordan Madani, indie pop singer/songwriter
10pm – Andy Oliver, folk singer
Original French Bistro
8pm – Jordan Madani, indie pop singer/songwriter
9pm – Joe Bradbury, classical guitar
10pm – Sara Creeney, singer, covers
8pm – Bison, classic rock
9pm – James Christy, singer, covers and originals
10pm – Bison, classic rock
8pm – Sara Creeney, singer, covers
9pm – Ged Wilson, acoustic blues
10pm – Catherine Sullivan, singer, covers, jazz/rock/pop
Eagle and Child
8pm – Michelle Dowbekin, singer, covers
9pm – San Diego, band, originals and covers
10pm – Anna Corcoran, singer/songwriter
Fox and Lion
8pm – Shot in the Dark, band, blues/soul/rock covers
9pm – Sue Raymond Band, band, blues/soul/rock covers
10pm – Shot in the Dark, band, blues/soul/rock covers
Ice Dreams and Coffee Beans
8pm – James Christy, singer, covers and originals
9pm – Adam Spencer, singer, covers
10pm – Jazzy Notes, jazz duo, vocal and piano
Original Ship Inn
8pm – AKA, classic rock
9pm – The Unexpected, rock covers
10pm – AKA, classic rock
8pm – Holding On, rock, covers
9pm – The Selfsame Collective, rock, original material
10pm – Holding On, rock, covers
8pm – Shining Stars, children’s theatre
9pm – Truth Dance Co, dance
10pm – Youth Theatre, theatre
8pm – Anna Corcoran, singer/songwriter
9pm – Martin Conway, jazz standards
10pm – Michelle Dowbekin, singer, covers