It’s never too early to embrace the festive spirit of the Christmas Season. In fact Cambridge has an official event kicking off the most wonderful time of the year, the annual Christmas Lights Switch On! Which, as always, took place in the Market Square, on Sunday, the 17th of November. Well what can we say it is officially winter everyone.
So this year’s event was sponsored by Cambridge Independent and organised by Cambridge BID. To make the ‘magic happen’, Star Radio took control of the stage, entraining the crowds from midday onwards. Further the programme of the day included local performing groups and clubs, schools, choirs and much more. The event brings a huge amount of festive cheer for all who takes part. Subsequently, when you walk around the market you will see people swaying, children playing and of course you’ll spot people singing along.
The lights in the Grand Arcade…
Around 2:30pm its was time to make our way to the Grand Arcade Switch On. It was due to happen one hour before the main event at the Market. So the crowds were gathered around the main stage, to see the Lights and of course to catch sight of the famous celebrity switching them on.
Let’s be honest! I think the Grand Arcade kicked Christmas off in an joyous way. Hence they selected Warwick Davis to be the one pushing the “red buzzer”. Clearly some of you might know him as: Professor Filius Flitwick from the Harry Potter movies. Warwick felt that the Christmas lights needed a bit of magic. So, he portrayed his character, the famous professor from Harry Potter and taught everyone the ‘Lumos’ Spell. Indeed with a charm that can be used to produce a blinding flash of bright white light. After the countdown everyone screamed ‘Lumos’ and just like magic the Grand Arcade lit up, with it so did everyone’s Christmas Spirit.
The Christmas Season Big Switch On!
Following on from the Grande Arcade it was time for everyone to gather in the Market Square, to see the incredible Cambridge Rock Choir. I think it is safe to say that this choir rocks! Moreover, performing some amazing songs to capture the crowds and finishing their performance by getting all who were watching to be apart of their choir. Notably encouraging everyone to sing-along to ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ from Shakin’ Stevens.
Brings about time for Star Radio to introduce the special guests of the night: the Cambridge Mayor and the Local Hero. Hence there was a competition that ran on-air and online, in order to nominate the county inspiration who would turn on the Christmas Lights. Thus Star Radio and Cambridge BID made their choice. Sam Isaacson was the one!
Besides Sam at the age of 25 faced an awful time in her life once she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. She is one incredible human being, and fought back. In addition Sam set up the Kick Cancer Cup, which is a ladies charity football cup that happens every year at Histon Football Club. Notably raising nearly £70,000 in the last four years. Consequently we would like to take the chance to remind people to support those who go through such difficult periods of their life. By raising money for life-saving treatment that the team at the oncology unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital use, could save peoples life. Unfortunately Sam felt poorly during the Christmas Lights Switch On. Therefore her brother and Mom Sue joined Star Radio presenters and the Cambridge Mayor onstage to flick the lights on.
The Christmas Countdown…
More than thousands of people joined the ‘countdown’. Star Radio definitely built the tension within the Market Square, by starting the countdown at 10. Everyone joined in and finally reached the last number: ‘1’. As a result the lights then glistened, confetti was blasted into the air and even fake snow was used to create a wintery vibe. There couldn’t have been a more festive way to start to the Christmas Season! So, its now time to wrap up warm, pull out your Christmas jumpers from the wardrobe, write that Christmas list, decorate the house and finally put up your Christmas tree.