24 hours to go: See the city centre light up for the Christmas period

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The city’s first ever Christmas lights switch-on event is just 24 hours away.

A jam-packed day of entertainment kicks off at 9.30am with a breakfast event with Bailey McConnell.

From there the festivities will continue with acts and competitions on stage hosted by local station MKFM.

Just after 4pm intu’s annual parade will commence from Superdry, with over 30 mascots leading the way as the procession heads around the centre and back to the stage for the final performances before Midsummer Boulevard lights up for the very first time, followed by a stunning laser and pyrotechnic display.

The lights will be switched on by Father Christmas, the Mayor of Milton Keynes Derek Eastman and the stars of Milton Keynes Theatre’s pantomime Peter Pan, along with representatives from the event’s joint partners MKCCM, intu Milton Keynes, centre:mk and Milton Keynes Council.

Melanie Beck, city centre manager for MKCCM, said: “This is the first time in Milton Keynes’ history that the city centre will light up for the Christmas period.

“Thanks to joint partners intu MK, centre:mk and Milton Keynes Council we’re delighted to add some festive cheer and sparkle to the local community of Central Milton Keynes.”

To stay up to date with the Christmas lights, and the switch-on event tomorrow follow MKCCM on Facebook (facebook.com/MKCityCentreManagement) and Twitter (twitter.com/MiltonKeynesCCM), and use the hashtag #mklights.

> Key timings

11am – Activities commence inside and outside intu Milton Keynes, with performances and competitions on stage, and workshops inside the centre with Gulliver’s Land and MK Theatre

3pm – Time for Xscape’s Christmas lights! If you’re visiting, watch from inside Xscape from the centre mall near the escalators. If you’re staying with us, we’ll have a live link on the giant TV screen outside

4.10pm – intu Milton Keynes’ Christmas parade kicks off near Superdry, with 30 larger than life mascots. Follow the parade around the centre and outside as it returns to the stage

4.40pm – stars of Milton Keynes Theatre’s pantomime Peter Pan and Wendy take to the stage for exclusive performances ahead of the big moment…

5pm – count down with Peter Pan, Wendy, Santa and the Mayor of Milton Keynes Derek Eastman ready for the lights to switch on, followed by a stunning laser and pyrotechnic display