ST HELENS' Christmas Lights switch-on event will take place on Thursday evening. 

Originally scheduled to take place last Saturday, the event in Church Square had to be postponed due to Storm Arwen.

Here are the details of tonight's event.

The St Helens Christmas lights switch on will take place on Thursday, December 2, starting at 5pm and finishing at 7pm.

Where is it?

The event is in Church Square, St Helens.

What is the entertainment

Thursday's show will feature music and performances from local artists including DJ and producer, Eric McKenna, and MD Creatives – as well multi-award-winning band, Boomin - whose talents have seen them support the likes of McFly and The Script.

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Boomin (above) also headlined the Earlestown switch-on show last Sunday.

Who else will be there?

There will also be walkaround Christmas characters such as The Grinch and Elf on a Shelf – and an appearances from a Saints player and women's captain Jodie Cunningham – with special guest Leah Bennett, Child of Courage winner from Pride of St Helens Awards, switching on the lights.

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Child of Courage: Leah Bennett


Outdoor synthetic ice rink

Meanwhile over on the former Chalon Way multistorey car park site in Foundry Street that day will see the launch of an outdoor synthetic ice rink which will be free to use between 5pm and 7pm during the switch-on event.

The synthetic ice rink forms part of a popular Christmas in St Helens campaign which also includes a winter tipi full of Christmas crafts and an American-style drive in cinema showing a number of family classics, with Home Alone (sold out), The Polar Express, and Elf (sold out) being screened over the coming weeks.

Covid advice

With certain COVID-19 measures made mandatory again following the discovery of the new Omicron variant, visitors travelling to the event on public transport are required to wear face coverings, unless exempt, and when in town centre shops.

Public Health advice for anyone wishing to attend is to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before, then test again two days after, and then five days afterwards.

People are asked to please not attend an event if displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild.