Switch-on events

Christmas Lights Programme.

Friday 23rd November

  • 4.45pm – YO1 Radio playing background music
  • 5.00pm – Thirsk Royal British Legion Band
  • 5.20pm – Butterflies
  • 5.40pm – Rock Choir
  • 6.00pm – Adi & Jake
  • 6.22pm – Santa Arrives Into Market Place
  • 6.30pm – Lights Switched On
  • 6.35pm – Cinderella PAntomime – Featuring (BGT) Danny Posthill
  • 6.50pm – Event ends. YO1 Radio close down the evening – reminding all that the Town Hall is open

Sunday 25th November

  • 12.30pm – Squires Toy Run arrive into Market Place
  • 1pm – The Bootleggers play on stage


  • Vale Radio

    YO1 Radio

    Dougie & Chris have once again agreed to present at the switch-on event.

    The cheeky duo will be reporting live on YO1 Radio throughout the whole showcase.

  • The Baffled Kings

    The Baffled Kings, formed in 2016,

    Dave Manson – Vocals

    Nathan Wade – Acoustic guitar

    Robin Ward – Drums

    Laurie Hopkins – Bass

    Alan Husband – Keyboards

    James Kennedy – Electric Guitar

    A six-piece rock band from North Yorkshire, with a bucket load of playing experience between them.

  • Butterflies

    Butterflies dance & performing arts will be providing contemporary dance with children from local schools.

  • Adi Calvert (Ionica Adriana)

    BBC RADIO YORK presenter Ionica has done a great range of Stage & Screen work ranging from Holby City to Music Videos with Artists such as; Cheryl Cole, Dizzee Rascal & body doubling for Lily Allen. She has attended several Red Carpet events over the last year and Sang/Hosted/Guest Spoken at many live events such as Fashion Shows, Charity Events and Scratch nights but Thirsk is her personal favourite. After all, “Home is where the Heart is.”
    After the ‘Switch On’, Ionica will be heading off to Torquay where she will be playing the the witch in this years, Sleeping Beauty at The Princess Theatre.

  • Jake Walsh

    Jacob Walsh also known as The Yorkshire Tenor started as a local church singer and soon his talents were recognised by David Morton and his late wife Christine. After a few years he had lessons with Michael Decosta at the Decosta academy of music.

    Since then Jacob has sang across the UK and Europe. He has captured audience’s attention with arias from La Boheme, Tosca and is famed for his rendition of Nessun Dorma.

  • The Bootleggers - SUNDAY

    Not Your Average Acoustic Duo


    The Bootleggers (Dave Manson & Nathan Wade) are an acoustic duo with a unique style and sound performing toe tapping, foot stomping covers of many classic songs and never failing yet to provide quality entertainment.

    Using guitars, stomp drums, harmonica, kazoo & the lads’ crowd stopping harmonising vocals, The Bootleggers perform tracks from;


    Kenny Rodgers

    Johnny Cash


    Rag’n’Bone Man

    Paolo Nutini

    Rolling Stones

    And even some Gloria Gaynor & Dolly Parton too!


    They really do perform an eclectic set list and whilst you can never please everybody all the time, The Bootleggers come pretty damn close!


    Since teaming up in 2015 The Bootleggers have performed at pubs, clubs, Birthdays, Weddings and more across Yorkshire & the North East as well as performing live on local radio.

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    Again working in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Thirsk, we are proud to bring Santa to Switch On the Christmas Lights, assisted by 2 local school children and Thirsk’s very own Miss North Yorkshire 2018 entrant. Santa will be in the Christmas Fayre on the Saturday and the Sunday to speak to boys and girls who would like to see him.

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    Thirsk Royal British Legion

    Always a popular attraction, we are delighted to welcome them again this year to the switch on event.

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    Rock Choir

    York based Rock Choir, a multi layered singing experience open to all are performing at this year’s event. Steve Brown and the choir will create an upbeat and fun rendition.

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    Cinderella Pantomime

    Featuring Danny Posthill (Britain’s Got Talent Finalist) as Buttons we are delighted to welcome some of the cast from this Pantomime to give a taster of the experience awaiting you at The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn.