For the first time, part of the boulevards in Central Milton Keynes will be lit for Christmas thanks to Milton Keynes City Centre Management and joint partners intu Milton Keynes, centre:mk, MK Council and Destination Milton Keynes.
The west area of Midsummer Boulevard, which connects Milton Keynes Railway Station with the main shopping, business and public transport areas, will light up for the festive period culminating with a Christmas lights switch on event on Saturday 22 November at the horseshoe area outside intu Milton Keynes. Starting in the early afternoon, the event will feature a full programme of events hosted by MKFM, with guest appearances including the stars of MK Theatre’s pantomime Peter Pan… and the great Man in Red himself! The day’s activities will conclude with a switch on of the lights and an exciting laser and pyrotechnic display which will be seen for miles.
Melanie Beck, city centre manager commented, “While the shopping centres already dress up for the Yuletide celebrations each year, this is the first time Central Milton Keynes will light up and add some extra sparkle. I’m looking forward to peering through the window on those dark afternoons at the stunning white lights to put us in the Christmas mood before Santa Claus makes his annual trip!”
Here are some facts about the city light switch on:
1. There will be 19,200 lights
2. The special effects team have worked with Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Adele and Calvin Harris
3. The pyrotechnics are handmade in the USA
4. The project is very eco-friendly
5. Each garland has a loading of 17watts (51watts per tree)
6. Garlands have IP68 extra low voltage light emitting diodes fitted
7. A total loading of 2.5kw (equivalent to 2.5 units of electricity) for the entire Midsummer Boulevard West installation
8. It will take 200 to 250 man hours to put the lights in the trees
9. The lasers in use are 2,400,000,000,000 times brighter than a conventional 100w light bulb.
10. The wireless control system used to fire the pyrotechnics can be operated from over a mile and a half away, and has a one million point encryption system to ensure the safety of the display.
More exciting details will be announced over the coming weeks with a programme of activity published very soon. To stay up to date with the Christmas lights, and the switch on event on Saturday 22 November, follow MKCCM on Facebook (facebook.com/MKCityCentreManagement) and Twitter (twitter.com/MiltonKeynesCCM).