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Huge names confirmed for Glasgow’s 2023 Christmas lights switch-on

Glasgow Loves Christmas is bringing the event back to George Square on Sunday, November 19 to make the start of the city’s festive celebrations. 

Entry gates to the square for 10,600 ticket holders will open at 4.30pm in Cochrane Street and George Street before musical acts and theatre stars deliver a series of spectacular performances. 

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The event, which starts at 5pm, will be hosted by Clyde 1 presenters George Bowie and Cassi Gillespie and kicks off with a performance from Simply Ariana – an Ariana Grande tribute act. 

Country singer-songwriter Kevin McGuire will then take to the stage before a Scottish Ballet performance of Cinders!

Glasgow’s very own Michelle McManus will perform her new Christmas single Christmas Glow, and she will be followed by appearances from Treasure Island cast members from the Pavilion Theatre, Scottish TikTok star Nati Dreddd and the Soul Nation Choir.

The Christmas lights will then be switched on at 7pm. 

We previously reported there will be no fireworks at this year’s ceremony, with the focus instead being on live performances and the switch-on itself. 

Jacqueline McLaren, Glasgow’s Lord Provost, said: “The Christmas lights switch-on brings families and friends together for a wonderful night of festive fun and is a highlight of Glasgow’s events calendar.

“There’s so much to see and do in Glasgow this festive season, from the Winterfests in George Square and St Enoch Square to the annual Santa Dash – there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

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Those attending the event are advised to dress appropriately and are reminded road closures and parking restrictions will be in place. 

The north, east, south and west sides of George Square will be closed to traffic from 6.00am to 11.59pm on Sunday, November 19, along with the following routes: Anchor Lane, Cochrane Street, Dundas Lane, Dundas Street, George Street (between Shuttle Street and George Square), Hanover Street, John Street, Martha Street, Nelson Mandela Place, North Frederick Street, North Hanover Street, South Frederick Street, West George Street, Ingram Street, Queen Street and St Vincent Place.

No vehicles will be permitted to wait or loads from 4pm on Saturday, November 18 until 11.59pm on Sunday, November 19 in Anchor Lane, Cochrane Street, Dundas Lane, Dundas Street, George Square, George Street, Hanover Street, Ingram Street, Montrose Street, Nelson Mandela Place, North Frederick Street, North Hanover Street, Queen Street, St Vincent Place, South Frederick Street and West George Street.

Bus lanes in North Hanover Street (northbound, between George Square and Cathedral Street), Nelson Mandela Place (between West Nile Street and West George Street) and Ingram Street (eastbound, between Queen Street and South Hanover Street) will be closed from 6.00am to 11.59pm on Sunday 19 November.

You can find out more about Glasgow’s 2023 festive events programme HERE.

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