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ESP is supporting the virtual Christmas lights switch on in Peterborough by streaming it on our Facebook page.

You can join us and other channels to watch the city light up but tune in don’t turn up as it’s all been pre-recorded.

Usually thousands of people like to gather for the event but as that’s not possible this year Peterborough City Council still wanted everyone to enjoy the thrill of the big countdown to light up the city centre and get Christmas started.

Tune in for this year’s Peterborough Virtual Christmas Lights Switch-on online at ESP Magazine at 7pm on Wednesday December 2.

Peterborough residents will be helped to get into the Christmas spirit by host Kev Lawrence, presenter for PCRFM and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, as well as special appearances featuring local people.

Father Christmas has kindly taken time out of his busy festive preparations to give a message to residents so make sure you gather around your laptops, phones and tablets.

The COVID-19 restrictions have meant Peterborough City Council has had to do things a little differently this year to protect everyone, but this streamed event will get us all in the Christmas spirit.

A 20-minute pre-recorded Facebook live event will be streamed at 7pm across numerous local Facebook channels:

Peterborough City Council

Peterborough Matters

Peterborough Telegraph

Peterborough City Radio (PCRFM)

We Love Peterborough

The Moment Magazine

The event can also be viewed on Peterborough City Council’s YouTube channel from 7pm, Wednesday December 2.

Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “Don’t turn up, but tune in to Peterborough’s virtual Christmas Light switch-on event. The Christmas lights are even more important this year to bring some festive cheer to Peterborough residents. We’re delighted we were able to still let people count down with us and enjoy watching the lights being switched-on in the comfort of their own homes.

“As we are unable to host a large-scale event given the ongoing pandemic, it is going to be a scaled down 20-minute virtual event hosted online. Thank you to the participants for helping us bring some Christmas cheer to our residents and special thanks to our host Kev Lawrence, editor Chris Pallister and of course Santa.”

So don’t visit Cathedral Square on December 2 as this is not a live event, it has been pre-recorded to avoid any large gatherings of people… just go to our ESP Facebook page  ESP Magazine and enjoy it from home.

Merry Christmas!

Photos of previous events: Emma Bothamley and Chris Brudenell

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