It’s illuminating! Kilmarnock’s town centre will be ablaze with light from Sunday 27 November, as the switch is flicked on Christmas lights to get the festive season truly underway.
The event, which has grown hugely in popularity over the last few years, starts at 13.00 with the craft market in Bank Street & Bank Place. Then at 2.00pm the show begins with a full programme of live entertainment on two stages, at the Cross and in Bank Street. The focal point is the main stage at The Cross, however the community stage in Bank Street has become the centre of a “fringe” element creating a boutique event within the event. It was originally introduced to celebrate local schools and groups while the main stage also features predominantly local acts from indie rock to a local choir, with music and entertainment to suit all the family.
Of course, shopping will be a big part of the day and the Christmas craft market in Bank Street and Bank Place is returning by popular demand. For the youngsters, there’s free face painting in the Burns Mall and a mini kid’s funfair at Foregate Square. And as ever look out for the street entertainers, from mad Christmas elves to juggling Jack Frost.
Last year, a huge attraction was the stunning “Narnia Experience” produced by the New Laigh Kirk. It returns this year, with a new venue, in their church hall on John Finnie Street.
Finally, at 5pm Provost Jim Todd will be joined by some very lucky local children to switch on the towns Christmas lights, officially marking the start of the festive season in Kilmarnock town centre. Have a great Christmas!
On the main stage at The Cross
Twin Heart are an exciting alternative three piece from Kilmarnock. Their debut EP, ‘Progress: Decline’ was released in July 2016, receiving national press, TV coverage and airplay. Twin Heart have played some of the UK’s biggest festivals but are really excited to be joining us on stage in their home town.
Aimee is a classically trained singer with a stunning voice. She has performed at a range of prestigious events and she’s going to be a real class act this Christmas.
Sean C Kennedy is a Singer-Songwriter and guitarist from Ayrshire. Influenced by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams, Prince, Amos Lee, Sean has found a way to blend these influences with his own style in order to create something unique.
Simply Rod Stewart
Following on from his brilliant performance in the town centre on the day of the Rod Stewart concert, James Frew is back as “Simply Rod Stewart” His vocal tone is as close as you will get to the real thing – you’re going to love him!
Loudoun Musical Society
Loudoun Musical Society are a very energetic company with diverse membership bursting with talent suitable for any West End stage. Celebrating their 40th year this year, the Society are delighted to be participating in the Christmas Light Switch On as part of their celebrations.
Delighted to welcome back Angelstar to our Kilmarnock event after they went down a storm on their first visit. Angelstar will get everyone dancing and are the perfect act to take us up to the lights switch on and keep us dancing afterwards.
And on the Community Stage in Bank Street…..
The ever popular Community Stage will be compered by pupils from James Hamilton academy and will feature schools, dance groups, local singers and the wonderful Centrestage. This year it features: