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Milton Keynes lights up for the arrival of Santa

Date Posted:11/11/2015

Milton Keynes ChristmasAll eyes will be on Queens Court at centre:mk on Friday 13th November as the city comes together to launch the festive season with the official Christmas light switch on.

As the heart of the city’s launch into Christmas, Centre:mk will be revealing its brand new Christmas lights scheme, specially curated by renowned light designer James Glancy. Following striking installations in London’s Leicester Square, Seven Dials and St Christopher’s Place as well as Birmingham’s Bullring, the legendary designer has brought his talents to Milton Keynes. The three year scheme features 28 giant presents, each spanning 4m2 and wrapped in 16m long gold ribbons.

Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Keith McLean will have the responsibility of pushing the big red button which will illuminate the thousands of lights in Queens Court as well as the centre’s impressive Christmas tree. For the second year, hundreds of thousands of tree lights will also be illuminated along Midsummer Boulevard, this year extending along Midsummer Boulevard East, creating a stunning river of light from Station Square to Campbell Park.
Celebrations will start at 5.00pm with a spectacular stage show featuring musical performances from Danesborough Chorus and the celebrity cast of Milton Keynes Theatre’s pantomime, Aladdin. The lighting of the Christmas tree will herald the spectacular rooftop arrival of Santa Claus followed by the traditional Santa parade to his grotto in Middleton Hall.

Shaun Rhodes, Head Of Marketing for centre:mk,
“As the heart of the city, we’ve been working with all our partners to stage what we hope will be a very special Christmas event for Milton Keynes. Queens Court is a much loved space and seems the perfect location to launch the festive season. We are confident that Santa’s arrival will be a memorable moment and his parade up the mall will be even more spectacular with our fabulous new Christmas light scheme.”

Melanie Beck, Milton Keynes City Centre Manager,
“We are delighted that for the second year running we have been able to realise our vision for lighting up and extending Christmas lights across Midsummer Boulevard East and West. Our partners, including centre:mk and Milton Keynes Council have been phenomenally supportive in ensuring that we delivered lights for the residents and visitors to Milton Keynes.”

James Glancy, light designer,
“We are super excited to have been given the opportunity to design the lights for centre:mk. The design is inspired by the clean, square lines of the iconic building and driven by a desire to complement the architecture of the boulevard box sections. The giant presents tumbling through the space have the energy to make a really strong Christmas statement and the addition of the flowing ribbon links everything together perfectly. Complemented by programmable LED lighting, the lights are entirely flexible at any moment, allowing them to be very much on trend with a festive party feel.”
Throughout the Christmas period, shoppers will be able to enjoy a visit to Santa in the region’s largest grotto in Santa’s Magical Ice Kingdom in Middleton Hall. Shoppers can pick up treats at the craft and gift market and take a ride on the double decker carousel or Santa’s P the lights are entirely flexible at any moment, allowing them to be very much on trend with a festive party feel.”olar Express Train. As a special addition for this year, for the first time, Queens Court will also welcome a traditional German Christmas market from 19th November.