Talent Show Stars To Light Up the Ridings

Stars from two of our top talent shows, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, will help The Ridings Shopping Centre to start the countdown to the festive season by officially switching on their Christmas Lights.

Jack Walton from this year’s X Factor will light up the centre on Saturday 15th November, switching on the Christmas lights at 3.15pm. To help get the shoppers in the festive spirit, Jack who is from Castleford will also be taking to the stage to perform hit songs, as well as signing autographs for fans.

Also joining in the festivities will be father and son act, Stavros Flatley who rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent. The dancing duo will be putting on a special routine from 1.10pm until 1.30pm that is sure to raise a smile or two amongst shoppers.

Of course, no Christmas Light Switch On would be complete without Santa Claus himself who will be appearing at intervals throughout the day to hand out festive goodies to youngsters and to wish all the centre’s shoppers a very Merry Christmas.

Acrobatic elves, Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and performances from the cast of the Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Beauty and the Beast will also be on hand to entertain shoppers, along with two players from Wakefield Wildcats giving out prizes to competition winners.

Barbara Winston Centre Manager at The Ridings Shopping Centre, comments: “We hope to kick start the festive celebrations by hosting a fantastic and memorable Christmas Light Switch On. The schedule for the day is jam packed with lots of activities for people of all ages to join in with.

Our switch on is one of our most popular events in our calendar and we predict the centre to be extremely busy. With this in mind, we would advise people who are looking to attend to plan ahead and get to the centre early to enjoy all the entertainment that will be on offer. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss out!”