Nottingham’s Christmas lights will be switched on tonight (Nov 15) at the Market Square.

The lights will be switched on at 7.44pm tonight by the Lord Mayor and Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillors Liaqat Ali and Catharine Arnold with help from Buddy the Elf, the star of Elf: A Christmas Spectacular.

From 6:30pm, there’ll be live entertainment in and around Old Market Square, leading up to the light switch on of the city’s 60ft grand Christmas tree, decked out with 4,000 red and white lights, as well as a bespoke display on the Council House.

Meanwhile, other events are going to take place in Beeston, Eastwood, West Bridgford, Stapleford and Mansfield for the next 40 days to kick-off the holiday season.

The Nottinghamshire police have said the areas are expected to be busy during this season, and they have asked the city to follow the crime prevention advice whilst shopping.

You can find Christmas guidance including crime prevention advice whilst your shopping, out for the evening and at your home here: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/advice/prevention/christmas