Last night, Exeter BID hosted the official Exeter Christmas Lights Switch on event which took place in Princesshay, sponsored by Stagecoach and with comperes DJs Ashley Jeary and Ben Clark of Radio Exe.
Thousands flocked to the heart of the city to celebrate the beginning of the festive period in Exeter. The programme of fantastic family entertainment began at 4pm with the St Nicholas Catholic Primary School choir treating visitors to Christmas carols and songs, followed by chanteuse Melissa Bel and rock band Barron. Exeter BID’s very own Festive House Band then took to the stage as the crowds grew and everyone eagerly awaited the count down to turning on the lights.
Due to popular demand, representatives of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service were invited to switch on Exeter’s Christmas lights with Exeter Chiefs players Julian Salvi and Matt Jess. The switch on was broadcast live by ITV Westcountry with presenter Seth Conway taking to the stage to join the evening’s VIPs. This year, even more of Exeter city centre has been lit for the festive season thanks to a special scheme run by Exeter BID. Complementing the Christmas lights provided by Princesshay and The Guildhall, Exeter BID’s scheme has ensured Castle Street, Catherine Street, Central Station, Fore Street, Gandy Street, High Street, North Street, Paris Street and Roman Gate as well as Sidwell Street, South Street and Queen Street are illuminated, bringing festive cheer and sparkle to much of the city centre.
The evening entertainment continued with a guest performance by X Factor contestant Gifty Louise and was topped off by Devon band, Loney.
The event kick started late night shopping in Exeter with selected retailers throughout the city staying open until 9pm on Thursdays in the run up to Christmas. Find out more about shopping in Exeter.