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Cambridge’s Christmas lights switch-on moves online and on air for 2020

Cambridge’s Christmas lights switch-on event will move online and on air this year due to the pandemic.

An afternoon of festive fun is promised on Sunday November 15 to kick off the season by Cambridge BID, working with Star Radio - and Santa.

The Big Switch On: The Cambridge city centre Christmas lights are switched on for 2018. .Picture - Richard ..Marsham. (21197083)
The Big Switch On: The Cambridge city centre Christmas lights are switched on for 2018. .Picture - Richard ..Marsham. (21197083)

Becky Burrell, marketing manager for Cambridge BID, said: ‘In light of the current situation we have recognised that organising a large scale, public event cannot be done safely therefore, this year we are doing things slightly differently.

“Working with Star Radio we hope to bring all the usual fun from the day, on-air. We will have local community acts perform on the radio and will be encouraging people to enjoy the event from the comfort of their own homes.

“We will also have a live video stream of the lights being switched on at the regular time of 5pm.”

Josh Lovatt, Star Radio breakfast presenter, added: “Christmas is my favourite time of the year and I’m thrilled to bring the magic of the city’s lights being switched on into people’s homes safely this year. I’m looking forward to playing the festive tunes and giving local groups the chance to perform on the radio, just as they would do on stage. I’ve already opened up my second packet of mince pies in anticipation.”

Star Radio can be found at 100.7 FM. Visit love-cambridge.com for more.

Meanwhile, the Mill Road Winter Fair committee has announced this year’s event will be replaced with a lantern project and trail.

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Mill Road Winter Fair 2020 cancelled - but illuminated Mill Road Lanterns trail will light up in its place

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