2023’s Christmas lights switch-on event has been called off for another year by Manchester City Council.
The switch-on event hasn’t been held since 2019 when it was first cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision reiterates the reasons given in 2022, including ongoing development in the city centre and the unavailability of a safe and appropriate location.
Councillor Pat Karney stated, “[u]nfortunately, because of the ongoing development in the city centre, we remain without a suitable location to put on an event of that size – which attracts around 20,000 people. Without a venue to do this safely, we simply couldn’t justify putting on that type of event.”
Karney further went on to say “Christmas in Manchester has felt a little different in recent years, but we promise this year will be no less magical.”
Other towns and cities across the UK have made similar decisions. Medway towns will not have Christmas lights this year “due to the challenging financial situation” of the council.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has also cancelled their Christmas lights, which is expected to save £51,000.