Why #YuleLoveCov Christmas Lights Switch-On this year

This year will feature a new star attraction: a live projection and animation show shown on the surrounding buildings in Broadgate.

Coventry City Centre’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On will have a new star attraction this year, as it features artist-designed lighting and a unique family animation show, aiming to all bring the festive spirit to Coventry.

Coventry City Council Council, working with the Coventry Business Improvement District and the Coventry City of Culture Trust as well as many local performers, is bringing a great programme of family-focused music and dance to Broadgate, along with a spectacular ‘glow light’ stage show and projections across the surrounding buildings in Broadgate.

A large real Christmas tree will bring extra sparkle to the evening as the excitement builds into the festive period, as part of the #YuleLoveCov Christmas programme.

This free live event starts at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 20 November with a stage show presented by JD and Producer Paul from Free Radio.

To encourage people to join in the festivities on the night and mark the start of late-night shopping, the Council is offering free car parking for anyone that enters after 3:00 pm in its city centre car parks.

The ‘free after 3:00 pm’ offer will continue for all late-night Wednesday shopping days making it more affordable for people to visit the city.

Andy Williams, Director of Business Investment and Culture at the Council said: “Our ambition this year is to bring something unique and different to Coventry and with our event partners in the UK City of Culture 2021 and Coventry BID teams, we think it’ll certainly grab people’s attention!

We are delighted to be able to present unique artistic commissions as part of the event, to bring a fresh look to the start of Christmas in Coventry. 

“I am looking forward to seeing as many people as possible come together to enjoy what will be a fun event for all the family, followed by an opportunity for some seasonal shopping.”

Trish Willetts, Coventry BID Manager and Director said that “we are very excited to show the residents of Coventry a brand-new offer for 2019.

This event is a tradition for the city and the BID businesses are delighted to be playing a part in bringing something magical to celebrate the start of the Christmas Campaign, especially for the young people that come to the event. 

“More wonderful family fun is on the way so keep an eye on the City Centre Facebook page for all the exciting #YuleLoveCov details.”

The itinerary for the evening is as follows:

The evening starts from 5:30 pm with the Coventry Young Ambassadors Choir kicking off the live entertainment, followed by in-order:

  • Freeman Dance – Dance
  • Josh Hale – Music
  • Great Big Dance Off – Sacred Heart Catholic School – Dance
  • Ernesford Grange School Choir – Music
  • Abz Winter- Music
  • Strictly Christmas – Dance 
  • Coventry City Council Choir and University Hospital Voice Squad – Music
  • Freeman Dance – Dance
  • HALO Glow Light Show- Stage Light Show
  • Belgrade Theatre – Puss In Boots Pantomime
  • Tom Barnwell – Music
  • Lord Mayor and Santa on stage
  • Live Projection and Animation show including the Lights Switch On

The evening will finish at around 7:50 pm.