inSwindon BID is to welcome back “local favourite” Jahmene Douglas to kick off the free ‘Festival of Lights’ Christmas campaign, on Saturday 17 November from 5-6pm in Wharf Green.
Jahméne Douglas first came to the attention of the British public when he made it to the finals of the 2012 series of ‘X Factor’, during which he first switched on the lights in his hometown supported by mentor and X- Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger.
According to inSwindon BID, he’s since cultivated an “impressive reputation” for his soul and gospel-inspired vocals.
Jahmene said: “I can’t wait to be back to celebrate the festive season with you all, in the best way I know how to share love – through song. See you soon!”
Jahmene will be joining the light switch line up which is headlined, this year, by Tinchy Stryder.
The all-star line-up also includes Voice Kids Lilia Slattery and Phoebe Maddison, Swindon’s Tap Attack from Britains Got Talent, Nathaniel Parker who won Swindon’s Got Talent and the local Swindon Dance.
Heart Breakfast’s Ben and Mel will once again host the main event, joined by children’s host ‘Jack Frost.’
The light switch on event will culminate in a firework finale which will light up the sky above the town centre (weather permitting).
Throughout the day, visitors and families can enjoy free entertainment including Christmas bouncing elves all the way from the North Pole and the “mesmerising” Glo Hula Hooping dancer, as well as Santa’s Grotto and the new Santa’s Post Office at The Brunel Shopping Centre.
Additionally, there will be an artisan market which will be in the town centre on the Light Switch On day and on various other dates in November and December. The Anonymous Travelling Market is heading to Swindon town centre offering stalls including seasonal gifts and decorations, vintage goods, traditional Christmas fayre, arts and crafts and regional produce.
The Festival of Lights begins on Saturday 17 November until 31 December 2018.
For full information on all activities visit www.swindontowncentre.co.uk/visitor-info/christmas where a full schedule of all the Christmas activities will be held.
Pictured above: Jahmene Douglas