Soap hardman Steve flicks the switch that means Preston's Christmas has started

Thousands braved the rain and a freezing night to watch Eastenders star Steve McFadden turn on the Christmas lights

Sunday, 26th November 2017, 9:18 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:59 am
Actor Steve McFadden

Steve McFadden, aka soap hardmanPhil Mitchell, did the honours after performances and appearances from Union J, The Drifters’ Ray Lewis, CBeebies’ Katy Ashworth, BBC 1’s Let It Shine star Kyle Passmore and opera singer Sean Ruane.

Prior to the Switch On, Santa’s reindeer made a flying visit to the Flag Market between 2pm and 4pm.

The lights switch-on ushers in the start of Christmas, with late night shopping from Wednesday, December 6 and free parking in some city centre car parks.

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Christmas lights on Fishergate, Preston. A host of famous faces and entertainers on stage at the Preston Christmas Light Switch-On event in Preston city centre.
From left, Sharon Farnandez, Marie Farnandez Byrom with Lola, three, and Angelina Fernandez
Boy band Union J perform on stage.
PRESTON - LEP - 25-11-17 Stars from Preston Guild Hall pantomine - Aladdin, A host of famous faces and entertainers on stage at the Preston Christmas Light Switch-On event in Preston city centre.
Christmas lights on Fishergate, Preston. A host of famous faces and entertainers on stage at the Preston Christmas Light Switch-On event in Preston city centre.
From left, Sharon Farnandez, Marie Farnandez Byrom with Lola, three, and Angelina Fernandez
Boy band Union J perform on stage.
PRESTON - LEP - 25-11-17 Stars from Preston Guild Hall pantomine - Aladdin, A host of famous faces and entertainers on stage at the Preston Christmas Light Switch-On event in Preston city centre.