28th Jun, 2022

Record numbers for Coventry's annual Christmas lights switch on

Coventry Editorial 27th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THIS year’s Christmas lights switch on has been deemed a success by organisers with an estimated record of 10,000 people joining in the festivities in the city centre on Wednesday.

British music sensation Conor Maynard, famous for his hit songs ‘R U Crazy’ and ‘Turn Around’, headlined this year’s popular event in Broadgate, which was hosted by Free Radio presenters JD and Roisin, and he was joined by plenty of special guests.

X Factor contestant Ben Clark also performed and Coventry talent was also well represented with ska band Ruder Than U, dance group Freeman Dance and the Local Vocals children’s choir, all entertaining the crowds.

A host of activities took place with local sports teams Coventry City, Coventry Blaze, Coventry Rugby Club and Wasps all playing their part.

“The city’s Lights Switch On event is very important to the city centre, it gives a vibrant feeling to the area as well as giving visitors and local people the chance to see some fantastic entertainment for free,” said Neal Ashby, from the Coventry Business Improvement District (BID), who organised the event alongside Coventry City Council.

“The businesses work hard to prepare for Christmas and the switch on really is an important time of the year for them as this night also marks the first Christmas late night shopping.

“Our initial feedback is that the event was record breaking in terms of attendees and started off a really busy period for the retailers with the Christmas Market also starting on the 2 December in Broadgate.”

The annual switch on is a highlight in the city’s event calendar and brings a big benefit to city centre traders.

Key shopping destinations West Orchards Shopping Centre and the Lower Precinct also played their part in the feel-good factor by switching their centre lights on.

“Christmas is clearly a key trading period in the year and we want to help where we can to encourage people into the city centre to shop and enjoy their time here as well,” said Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Employment.

“Events like this are key in helping attract people to the city centre and to stay longer when they do visit.

“By linking with the Coventry BID on events such as this, we can show the benefits of not only putting on a great Christmas event for all the family to enjoy, but it helps the city commercially.”

Support community journalism by making a contribution

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source of news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.


Support Us

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Coventry Observer.

Digital Advertising

Advertise on the Coventry Observer to boost your online presence.

Buy Photos

Buy photos online from the Coventry Observer newspaper.

Recruitment

Find a career you'll love with our free career finder website.