THERE are now just a couple weeks to go until the festive season can get properly underway, with the switch on of Worcester's Christmas lights.

Worcester mayor Councillor Steve Mackay will be switching on this year's lights with the help of special guest Pudsey Bear.

White and gold coloured lights are being specially hired by Worcester City Council to bring festive sparkle to the city.

Lights are set to illuminate the city centre and the St John’s shopping area, and for the first time this year white fairy lights are also being installed in trees along the High Street, creating an extra magical effect.

The lights will switched on in front of the Guildhall in Worcester High Street on Thursday, November 23, starting at 4pm, with the lights going on at 6pm.

The event is being hosted by BBC Hereford and Worcester presenters Elliott Webb and Malcolm Boyden, with the event raising money for the BBC Children in Need appeal.

The event will also include entertainment from singers Mike Skilbeck, Tazmin Barnes and Worcester Concert Brass, and a snow machine.

“I’m very much looking forward to welcoming people to Worcester’s city centre for this very special occasion,” Cllr Mackay said.

“The Christmas lights switch-on is always a really fun event. The festive spirit is contagious and people of all ages really enjoy the occasion.”

The event also signals the start of Christmas late night shopping in Worcester city centre, with many shops staying open until 8pm on Thursdays.

Christmas trees will go up in the city centre and St John’s on November 13.

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