Rotherham born singer-songwriter, a brass band and an illuminated circus show to brighten the Christmas lights switch-on

UPDATE: Rotherham Council Christmas Light Switch On Cancelled

Rotherham Council's Assistant Director for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Polly Hamilton, said: "Due to the high winds and poor weather conditions it is with regret that this evening’s (14 November 2019) Christmas Light Switch On will be cancelled.

"We apologise for any upset this may cause however the health and safety of our performers, residents and visitors is our first priority."


Born and raised in Rotherham, Lauren Housley is a singer-songwriter who has travelled the world playing in the US, Canada and Europe and has received support from BBC Radio 2. Last year, she was invited to play a headlining slot at the Bluesfest at The O2 Arena in London.

Hyde Park Brass Band started in 2015 as a one-off performance at the University of Leeds. After deciding to perform more than just one gig they have built a growing reputation around their home city of Leeds. They have developed a repertoire which combines a range of varied musical inspirations. Their performance will include playing festive classics in their unmistakeable party style.

The award-winning Halo Glow Show from circus ensemble Flame Oz will light up the evening with an explosive visual stage act. Performed by four virtuoso circus artists with super bright LED glowing hula hoops, juggling clubs and ‘hyperlight’ poi will be beautifully presented in feats of control and synchronous choreography leading to a thrilling finale.

They will be joined by the Rotherham Youth Choir and members of the cast of the Civic Theatre’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty, who will entertain the crowds with songs and comedy routines.

The Rotherham Council run event kicks off at 5.30pm culminating in the actual switch on of the town centre Christmas illuminations, which will be performed by Rotherham Mayor Councillor Jenny Andrews at 6.30pm. This will be followed by a performance from Hyde Park Brass Band and the event will finish at 7pm.

The annual event, which regularly attracts 5,000 people, will be hosted by Stewart Nicholson from Rother FM.

A Festive Gift Market will take place on Effingham Street from 10am to 7pm and is a perfect opportunity to pick up Christmas presents for family and friends.

Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Polly Hamilton, said: “The Christmas countdown will get underway in the town centre at this wonderful family occasion as the lights are officially turned on. It promises to be a special evening of live performances filled with comedy, colourful entertainment and festive music hits. We welcome everyone to come along and enjoy a magical experience. There’s a Festive Gift Market happening too, which is ideal for buying those unique Christmas presents.”

Parking is free from 4pm in all Council-owned car parks and on-street parking bays (maximum stay still applies).

Customers using Wellgate Multi-storey will be provided with a ticket at the barrier but will not be charged on leaving. The car park will be locked at 10pm rather than 7pm.

Rotherham shoppers can also benefit from free weekend parking in all town centre based council-run car parks and on-street parking bays in the run up to Christmas from Saturday 16th November up to and including Saturday 21st December.

For more information:

Visit the Christmas light switch-on webpage

Published: 14th November 2019