A QUEEN tribute band is set to headline the St Helens Christmas lights switch on event later this month.

Bulsara and his Queenies - a team of world class musicians who deliver the most remarkable musical performances of iconic British rock band Queen – have been confirmed as the headline act for this year’s extravaganza.

Joining them on the day will be a whole host of talented performers from the borough from the world of music and dance as well as movie characters, including Star Wars and Frozen - with further announcements expected to be made over the coming weeks.

An ice rink and children’s fair will also be in the centre of Church Square to add to the occasion, with hot food and drink available throughout the day.

Cllr Anthony Burns, St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for events, culture and heritage said: “The annual Christmas lights switch on event in St Helens Town Centre is a joyous occasion and never fails to produce a feel-good atmosphere.

“Santa hats off to our fantastic events team for putting together another excellent bill of entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

“I'm very much looking forward to it and hope to see our communities come together to celebrate the beginning of Christmas 2019 - the most wonderful time of the year.”

All the action will take place in Church Square between noon to 6pm on Saturday, November 30.

The countdown to Christmas will then continue with a number of local lights switch on events across the borough.

These are:

Garswood at Stag Pub on November 22 at 6pm 

Rainhill on Houghton Street on November 23 at 4.30pm 

Earlestown Market Street on November 24 from noon to 6pm

Moss Bank on Elliotts Field on November 29 at 3pm

Haydock near Haydock Library on November 29 from 4pm to 6pm

Newton-le-Willows at St Peters Church on December 1 at 5pm

Bold at The Pastures on December 1 at 6.30pm

Eccleston at Eccleston Library on December 5 at 11am

Eccleston Park on St Helens Road on December 5 at 11am

Thatto Heath on Thatto Heath Road on December 6 at 4pm

Parr on Derbyshire Hill Road at December 6 at 4pm

Billinge at Millenium Garden at December 6 from 6pm to 6.30pm

Windle at Victoria Park on December 7 from noon to 5pm, organised by St Helens Council's events team in partnership with the Friends of Victoria Park, with support from councillor Baines.

Rainford on Church Road on December 7 from 3pm.

All parking on all council-run town centre car parks is now free on a Saturday until the end of January 2020.