The Big Switch-On is part of Christmas in Cambridge

The annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event, sponsored by Cambridge Independent will be delivering a poignant message this year in support of the NSPCC’s ‘Light Up Christmas For Children’ campaign.

NSPCC supporter and actress, Katherine Kingsley will be officially turning on the Christmas lights in Market Square at the event which takes place on Sunday, 19th November. The fun-packed day includes a lively line-up of festive family entertainment which, together with the city’s Christmas lights will provide a fun filled day for everybody.

There will be a bucket collection at the event in aid of the NSPCC – and people can also donate £4 to the charity by texting LIGHTS 12 to 70800. (Text costs include your donation of £4 plus your standard network rate. The NSPCC will receive 100% of your donation.) ‘Light Up Christmas For Children’ sparkling star badges will also be available to buy from selected outlets across the city.

The event – which is compered by Heart FM – kicks off at noon with a 30-minute swing set from Cambridge University’s 20-piece student big band, Fitz Swing ahead of their appearance at the upcoming Cambridge Jazz Festival. The days schedule will be:

12:00 – Churchill Jazz Big Band
12:40 – Fulbourn School Choir
13:10 – Razzamatazz
13:40 – Tom Korni
14:10 – Pauline Quirk Academy
14:40 – Sing! Choirs
15:10 – Splitz
15:40 – Fitz Swing
16:20 – The Cantabrigians
16:50 – Katherine Kingsley
17:15 – Souls Café Gospel Choir

The event is being sponsored, for the second year running, by the Cambridge Independent newspaper.

Paul Brackley, editor of the Cambridge Independent, said: “The Christmas Lights Switch-On is a fantastic community-spirited event which has become a firm festive fixture on so many people’s calendars. As a community newspaper, the Cambridge Independent is proud to be involved and sponsoring the event for the second year running.”

The Grand Arcade, Lion Yard and The Grafton will additionally be hosting individual activities. The Grand Arcade’s programme of events includes the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts, the Felicita string quartet, John Lewis choir and the Cambridge rock choir.