New lighting display to attract more city centre visitors this Christmas

Plymouth’s city centre will sparkle extra brightly this festive season with a new and spectacular display of Christmas lights, specially themed to reflect the city’s connections with the sea.

A beautiful wave-shaped arch will form a new walk-through entrance to Plymouth Christmas Market (2 to 19 December) close to the Sundial, whilst at the other end of the market the giant bauble archway, always popular for selfies, will be redressed in multi-coloured lights.

The display, commissioned by the Plymouth City Centre Company, will also include curtains of light that can be animated and used all year round.

Steve Hughes, chief executive of the City Centre Company, said: “After everything our businesses have been through in the last couple of years we want to do everything we can to bring in more visitors and shoppers this Christmas season.

“We have invested more in our lighting displays and combined with our Plymouth Christmas Market and expanded events programme, we are expecting good crowds which will benefit our businesses.”

The Christmas lights will be switched on at a free, family-friendly event on The Piazza on Thursday 18 November with a full programme of entertainment, including a headline performance by Joey The Lips. More information about the event will be shared soon.

The Christmas Lights switch-on is just one element of the city centre’s expanded Christmas programme, which includes Street Factory’s Roots Up! Hip Hop festival, now taking place the following evening on Friday 19 November and the Plymouth Christmas Market, which runs from 2 to 19 December and includes a programme of live entertainment, including choirs, a brass band and much more.

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