Manchester’s Albert Square underwent its annual transformation into pop venue for the evening to celebrate the Christmas Lights Switch-on show.
Thousands of people flocked to the city centre for the event, which has become the official start of Christmas for generations of Manchester people.
DJ and producer sensation Jonas Blue showed the crowds why he is one of the hottest stars of the moment as the headline act brought a real party atmosphere to the occasion.
Manchester favourite Max George showed his experience as one of the biggest popstars of the last decade giving a truly memorable performance.
The stars of Manchester’s stage shows Wicked at the Palace Theatre, Cinderella at the Opera House, and The Producers playing at the Exchange Theatre, gave the crowds something to shout about, previewing their exciting productions that will be playing throughout the festive season.
Opening the show, Manchester Show Choir will bring a touch of the traditional to the Christmas party and the incredible moves of the Dance Academy got the audience moving early on.
The event concluded with a huge fireworks spectacular.
The Manchester Christmas Light Switch-on is in partnership between Manchester City Council and Hits Radio.
Manchester’s biggest red resident – the iconic Giant Santa – was also turned on for the first time. Follow him on twitter @McrSanta for his individual take on Christmas.
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester Christmas spokesperson, said: "The atmosphere in Albert Square during the Lights Switch-on never fails to make an impact on me. The crowd tonight were remarkable.
“It was one of the best shows we’ve had and a huge thank you to every performer, you did us proud – really world class.
“Tonight may be the final year for a while we can host our annual Christmas lights party. We’re already looking at alterative arrangements for next year, so watch this space.
Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for schools, culture and leisure, said: “But of course this is only the beginning as Manchester will be transformed next week when the world-famous, award-winning Christmas Markets return next Friday!”
Manchester’s award winning Christmas Markets will open officially to the public next week on Friday, 9 November with hundreds of stalls spreading across the city centre.
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