TELEVISION soap stars will be switching on the lights at a fun-packed Christmas Street Festival in Winsford on Friday.

Katie McGlynn, who plays Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street and John Altman, 'nasty' Nick Cotton from Eastenders will join town mayor Cllr Ailsa Gaskill-Jones and junior mayor Caitlin Smith to light up the town.

The actors will be appearing in Peter Pan at The Memorial Hall in Northwich from December 8 to January 3.

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John Atman, 'nasty' Nick Cotton from Eastenders will be switching on the Christmas lights with Katie McGlynn who plays Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street

A lantern parade with children from local schools, led by a samba band, will march down High Street to launch the feast of family fun from around 4.20pm.

Local artist Russell Kirk has been working with pupils to create festive lanterns.

The town mayor will judge the Best Dressed Christmas Shop Window competition with the junior mayor.

Live music, a Christmas market, funfair, magician and performances from Barnton Circus promise to make it a fun-filled evening

A stilt walker, circus workshop and exciting shows will be staged at the top of High Street as a magician mingles through the crowd.

This year’s event will be hosted by Silk FM Breakfast Show DJ Darren Shortt who will be providing music and entertainment with local personality Mark Curzon.

Father Christmas will be making an appearance on the St Luke's bus.

Students from Winsford Academy will be performing live music.

Bands and singers will also entertain the crowd in a marquee.

A spectacular firework display will mark the grand finale at 7pm.

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Town clerk Mark Bailey said: "This year’s festival promises to be lots of fun with something for the whole family. The Christmas lights promise to be truly spectacular and we have arranged plenty of entertainment for those attending.

"The old High Street is a great venue for the Street Festival and will give hundreds of people the chance to see the wide range of specialist shops and businesses that operate there.

"We hope that as many people will be able to attend as possible and make the start of Christmas a really big event for Winsford."