City centre’s ‘designer’ lights will be switched on this Friday

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The man who designed the Christmas lights in London’s Leicester Square has brought his talents to MK.

James Glancy curated the “striking” installation for the Christmas display at thecentre:mk.

The scheme features 28 giant presents, each measuring four square metres and wrapped in 16m long gold ribbons.

The grand switch-on, which includes fun and entertainment for all the family, will be on Friday at 5pm.

Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Keith McLean, will have the responsibility of pushing the big red button to illuminate the thousands of lights in Queens Court as well as the centre’s impressive Christmas tree.

For the second year, hundreds of thousands of tree lights will also be illuminated along Midsummer Boulevard - this year extending along Midsummer Boulevard East to create a stunning river of light from Station Square to Campbell Park.

Celebrations on Friday will start with a stage show featuring musical performances from Danesborough Chorus and the celebrity cast of Milton Keynes Theatre’s pantomime, Aladdin.

The lighting of the Christmas tree will herald the rooftop arrival of Santa Claus, followed by the traditional Santa parade to his grotto in Middleton Hall.

Shaun Rhodes, Head Of Marketing for centre:mk, said: “As the heart of the city, we’ve been working with all our partners to stage what we hope will be a very special Christmas event for Milton Keynes. Queens Court is a much loved space and seems the perfect location to launch the festive season. We are confident that Santa’s arrival will be a memorable moment and his parade up the mall will be even more spectacular with our fabulous new Christmas light scheme.”

Melanie Beck, Milton Keynes City Centre Manager, told the Citizen: “We are delighted that for the second year running we have been able to realise our vision for lighting up and extending Christmas lights across Midsummer Boulevard East and West. Our partners, including centre:mk and Milton Keynes Council have been phenomenally supportive in ensuring that we delivered lights for the residents and visitors to Milton Keynes.”

James Glancy himself said he was “super excited” to have been given the opportunity to design the lights for centre:mk.

He said: “The design is inspired by the clean, square lines of the iconic building and driven by a desire to complement the architecture of the boulevard box sections. The giant presents tumbling through the space have the energy to make a really strong Christmas statement and the addition of the flowing ribbon links everything together perfectly. Complemented by programmable LED lighting, the lights are entirely flexible at any moment, allowing them to be very much on trend with a festive party feel.”

Throughout the Christmas period, shoppers will be able to enjoy a visit to Santa in his Magical Ice Kingdom in Middleton Hall.

They can pick up treats at the craft and gift market and take a ride on the double decker carousel or Santa’s Polar Express Train.

As a special addition for this year, Queens Court will also welcome a traditional German Christmas market from November 19.