HUNDREDS of people packed into Eagles Meadow shopping centre for Wrexham's Christmas lights switch on. 

The event took place on Saturday evening to great acclaim. Attendees were treated to a night of live music and entertainment as Wrexham got into the festive spirit.

The festivities began on Queen's Square - where an artisan market was in place throughout the day. 

At 4pm, the event was formally opened by Wrexham's mayor, cllr Andy Williams. People were given the chance to have a sing-song with a number of Christmas carols. 

After that, the lantern parade commenced from Queen's Square - led by siblings Amelia, and George Hughes, in memory of their dad, Glyn Hughes, who sadly died aged 38 from bowel cancer in 2022.

Children lit up the streets with their decorated lanterns as they paraded along the one-mile route as part of a sponsored walk to Eagles Meadow, in aid of Nightingale House Hospice. 

Dozens of people took part in the parade - which was led by a brass band as it made its way to Eagles Meadow for the lights switch on. 

The Leader: The lantern parade The lantern parade (Image: Newsquest)

At Eagles Meadow, people were treated to performances from Andy Bennett (Ocean Colour Scene) who headlined the show alongside other celebrity artists including Dene Michaels (Black Lace) and Oceanic. 

There was also a thrilling performance from Urban Fushion Street Dance - a local dance group for children, and talented singer Georgia.


Afterwards, people took to social media to praise the "brilliant" event. One person said: "Brilliant switch on, fabulous turn out." Another added: "Lovely to see such a good turn out, it's exactly what Wrexham needs."

This was the first of many Christmas events held in Wrexham over the coming month. 

The popular Wrexham Victorian Christmas Market takes place on December 7 between 12pm and 8pm. 

There will be over 80 stalls from Queens Square to St Giles’ Church selling a huge array of gifts, beauty and skincare products, food and drink, baked goods, art, clothes and accessories such as jewellery and lots more.