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Christmas light switch on given go-ahead – but it will be online

Peterborough's Christmas light switch on will still go ahead this year, but it will be virtual to ensure coronavirus guidelines are met.
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Christmas light switch on given go-ahead – but it will be online (photo: John Baker)

The Peterborough Christmas light switch on is one of the best attended events in the city, but this year it will look very different. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Peterborough City Council have been unable to prepare the full festivities normally seen at Cathedral Square, with big consideration needed about the number of people in attendance and social distancing. 

However, Christmas has not been cancelled, with PCC confirming that an event will still go ahead... just not the one we had anticipated. 

A spokesperson for PCC said: "We are planning a virtual Christmas lights switch on and will release full details closer to the time."

They are yet to confirm a date, or what will happen at the switch on, but the event usually takes place in mid-November. 

Those in attendance are normally welcomed with festive songs, a local celebrity, performances, hot food and hot drinks, and light-up toys. 

It is still possible to get in the festive spirit this year, with The Cresset hoping to go ahead with their pantomime while other theatres including New Theatre and The Key Theatre were forced to pull the plug. 

Little ones will still be able to meet Santa at various locations including Nene Valley Railway, Dobbies and many more – though Queensgate are yet to confirm.