National children’s TV presenter Andy Day will bring his famous dino raps to Wakefield when he illuminates Trinity Walk this November.
The star of stage and children’s TV shows will perform a 30 minute live show at Trinity Walk shopping centre before switching on their Christmas lights at the free event.
His show will feature his now famous dinosaurs raps – entertaining and educating kids of all ages – at the event on Thursday November 16.
Stars of Theatre Royal Wakefield’s pantomime will also take to the stage to entertain crowds as well as the centre’s popular Santa (aka Pete Toon) – who has often also visited the royal family’s youngsters in recent years.
Families can visit the grotto for free every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until Christmas after the switch-on with donations going to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
There will also be free face painting at the centre and free balloon modelling from 3.30pm until late on the night.
Plus there’s free parking after 3pm on that Thursday and every Thursday until Christmas.
Andy Day said: “Being a children’s TV presenter means Christmas is an extra special time of year and I love helping get kids into the festive spirit. It’s my first time in Wakefield for a switch-on and I know Trinity Walk draws a large crowd for the event, so it’s going to be fun. My advice would be for kids to get practising their dino raps because I’ll be asking them to join in – and parents too.
“I still remember my local Christmas light switch-on signalling the start of Christmas and that excitement and anticipation you get as a kid, counting down the days. To be part of creating that excitement and buzz is extra special and I can’t wait.”
Lucy Grice, Trinity Walk’s marketing manager, said: “If you’ve watched kids’ TV, you’ll know Andy and he’s a national favourite among families. He brings a huge amount of energy to his shows, gets people involved and will be the perfect person to flick the switch this year.
“Our Christmas switch-ons get bigger and better every year and – importantly – they remain free so as many people as possible can come down and enjoy it. It heralds the start of free parking after 3pm on Thursdays until Christmas and our free Santa’s grotto three times a week too, which all adds to the festive fun.”
Fun starts at 4pm on the main stage near PureGym and Caffe Nero with Andy Day on stage from 4.45pm and the switch-on at 5.15pm.
To find out more see www.trinitywalk.com/events