Urmston was illuminated on Friday night with the familiar glow of the town's Christmas tree, a mesmerising sight that remains alight each night during the run up to Christmas. The annual Christmas light switch on is a fundamental aspect of Urmston tradition, gathering local businesses and members of the community together to celebrate the magic of Christmas.


The event provided a wide variety of activities for the little ones such as the candy cane walk, Beatties Bakery who provided an array of sweet treats and the yearly visit from Father Christmas, sparking excitement among everyone, even the not so little ones.


 I spoke to Amelia Tonge who, when asked if she enjoyed herself, responded ‘Yes it was such a good night… The hot chocolates were amazing, it really got us into the Christmas spirit’.


The restless work of the Urmston Partnership, an organisation who plan the majority of town events all year round,  ensured there were activities for everyone in the lead up to the much anticipated grand light switch on. 


For the adults, a bar provided German beer all night long, proving a huge hit with many. Not to mention Little Leopard Coffee who supplied warm drinks to sustain the long night in the chill of winter, a peaceful night filled with conversation and fun for every age, the festive spirit was clear. 


Live music was delivered by local DJ and Compere John Locke as well as the Abbotsford school choir, the uplifting beats and familiar Christmas favourites certainly kept the festive cheer alive. Throughout the night donations were accepted by the Urmston Partnership which will go towards funding further events in the Urmston area. It really was amazing to see the community coming together to celebrate the Christmas season, as well as supporting businesses and performers from the local area.