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Christmas Lights Turn On: The Pictures

Fireworks, pop and the Council's SHOUTY market facts

Published on November 10th 2012.


Christmas Lights Turn On: The Pictures
THOUSANDS of people attended the Christmas Lights Switch-On. 

Manchester’s Christmas theatre productions were on hand with festive messages, including a video message from The Hoff himself, David Hasslehoff. 

Albert Square became Britain's biggest pop venue for the night as more than 20,000 people watched the spectacular show. Meanwhile thousands of Manchester ex-pats were able to share in the festivities through the first ever live web stream.

Popsters TheWanted entertained the crowds with their energetic performance, supported by local star Misha B, X-Factor’s Carolynne Poole, ex-Waterloo Road stars, The Du’Montts and Collyhurst’s own The Last Party – not to mention the soaring voices of the Manchester Sign Out Choir.

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Manchester’s Christmas theatre productions were on hand with festive messages, including a video message from The Hoff himself, David Hasslehoff. 

The crowd was also delighted by the mischievous CBBC dogs, Hacker and Dodge, while the winners of The Printworks Street Dance competition, Avenue, performed choreographed routines.

The event concluded with a six-minute fireworks spectacular. 

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We’re The Best, The Bloody Best, And Biggest, And The Original, D’ya Hear 

Along with the pictures sent to Confidential about the Lights Turn-On we also got a shouty bit at the bottom of the email.

Manchester’s obviously feeling sensitive about claims from other cities about their Christmas markets so the city wants us to know this in bold and CAPITALS. 

Manchester’s Christmas Markets – the ORIGINAL. Manchester was the first city in the UK to introduce continental-style European Christmas Markets in 1999. Other cities were quick to follow, including Birmingham in 2001,  Liverpool in 2006 and Belfast in 2005. 

Manchester’s Christmas Markets – the BIGGEST. Boasting more than 300 stalls in seven different locations around the city, Manchester’s Christmas Markets are the biggest continental-style market in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. The UK's next biggest, Birmingham, has just 180 stalls*, Liverpool has just over 50 and Bristol 35. 

Manchester’s Christmas Markets – the BEST. Visitors and residents love Manchester’s Christmas Markets – with 83% rating them either "excellent” or "good". The market has also won a string of awards – including being named in the top 10 Christmas markets in the world by Frommers.

The Greatest Market In The UNIVERSE

The Greatest Market In The UNIVERSE

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26 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

rinkydinkNovember 10th 2012.

The Christmas lights in Manchester are rubbish. Tiny little spindly things with fairy lights wrapped around them. Cheap and nasty and not befitting. It is all Pat Karney's fault

AnonymousNovember 10th 2012.

"Manchester’s obviously feeling sensitive..."
"...the city wants us to know.."
"The Greatest Market In The UNIVERSE."

A rather sarcastic response, eh Manchester Confidential? Or should that be North West Confidential now, since Liverpool & the North West seems to be the "wider audience" you're chasing these days? (Well with sneering comments like that above?)
Don't have a go at "Manchester", "the city" - rather that Labour Party mob in the Town Hall who send such e-mails, please.

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Jonathan SchofieldNovember 11th 2012.

I think I was attempting to be affectionate not sarcastic. I don't think it's the Labour group that send the emails rather the press office.

AnonNovember 10th 2012.

I didnt get the impression that they were having a go at "Manchester" or "The City" with that?? I got the impression that they were taking the mic a little out of the Town Hall mob.....What an odd comment!

Also a little odd that they have got a little protective & competitive over who celebrates Christmas the best! Lets all just grab a mulled wine and be happy eh!

the Whalley RangerNovember 10th 2012.

If anyone utters one more time that David Hasselhoff has most of his fans in Germany, I will slap some Bratwurst left and right across your face.

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AnonymousNovember 11th 2012.

With bun or without bun??

DrakeNovember 10th 2012.

Lincoln. Started 1982. Markets covers largest area (according to wiki).

AnonymousNovember 10th 2012.

The Christmas light turn on this year was awful. Barriers up all around the town hall and streets, lots of people wondering around trying to find ways to get into what looked like lots of empty space. Was told by every security guard on each entrance "this is an exit only" and it was for safety reasons although I believe thousands of people rushing around dark lit alleys trying to find a way in far more dangerous! And the fireworks were diabolical! Every year i have been they have been amazing, and this year nothing seemed to happen, little bits of lights and lots of smoke, ridiculous! Also when I was younger the fireworks used to be played alongside Christmas songs (as it is a Christmas event!), not Coldplay!

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AnonymousNovember 10th 2012.

You must have been too busy looking for faults rather than at the fireworks - they were great and as good as ever.

AnonymousNovember 12th 2012.

i thought the fireworks were well cut down...

AnonymousNovember 11th 2012.

Typical Manchester, crap fireworks and Christmas lights, you should all come down to Marlow and se how we do it! And we have trips down the river!,

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AnonymousNovember 11th 2012.

Marlow - population 6 (and one ugly sheep)

AnonymousNovember 11th 2012.

I wrote a very detrimental comment on here and it seems to have disappeared. Filtering maybe....

AnonymousNovember 11th 2012.

Hahahahaha this site is pathetic! twice I have expressed my utter disgrace at how terrible the christmas lights were this year and twice the comment has been removed! I would love to see how many bad comments they have received which have been removed!

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Jonathan SchofieldNovember 12th 2012.

We haven't removed anything. Maybe you did it wrongly. However we do have certain guidelines on posting rants such as no gratuitous personal insults are allowed. Further we are presently looking into banning Anonymous rants. One or two individuals have been abusing the facility. It is cowardly, surely, to be so forceful and attack-dog about events or people or initiatives and then hide behind the Anonymous tag.

AnonymousNovember 11th 2012.

This event was amazing:)

the Whalley RangerNovember 11th 2012.

Listen, hot shot anons - I have taken a number of German nationals to the markets over the years and they reliably informed me that our market can compete in every way with the original.

Now get yourself a gluehwein or two - that might send you straight to dream land, where all things are free...

AnonymousNovember 12th 2012.

Pity Manchester has to hire a German market... Maybe a rival English one at the Trafford Centre?

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the Whalley RangerNovember 12th 2012.

Perhaps consider that the modern shopping mall is an American concept?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shopping_mall

AnonymousNovember 12th 2012.

You want to move the markets out of town? Don't be so ridiculous.

AnonymousNovember 12th 2012.

If you want better christmas lights perhaps you have better sponsor them.

AnonymousNovember 12th 2012.

I was disappointed with the lights this year. Been for the past 5 years and it gets busier and busier every time, but the response seems to have been by blocking all incoming routes, so that people have to wander up and down alleys to try and find a way in. We ended up stood down on Brazenose Square, and could just about see the clock Tower and some of the fireworks. I doubt I will be there next year!

AnonymousNovember 12th 2012.

my comment was featured but has disappeared

AnonymousNovember 12th 2012.

Jon says he's removed nothing so there must be a gremlin in the works with a rubber.

Another AnonNovember 12th 2012.

There are some strange people on here. The lights show was good. Did they go to the occasion. It's sad when they have to be so weird about them.

Poster BoyNovember 13th 2012.

Given the financial constraints the City should be congratulated with 'putting on a show'. And a good show it was.

It would be so easy in the current climate to justify a token effort, and is anyone seriously questioning the success of the Christmas Markets? Credit where credit is due...

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