Lumen - Crewes Night of Lights - fireworks finale

The festive season began in Crewe with the town’s Lumen Christmas Lights switch-on and a winter fairy story projected onto Municipal Building, writes Jonathan White.

The event featured a lantern parade led by Spark! – a street show with drumming and dancing to a kaleidoscopic lighting design – from Lyceum Square to Memorial Square.

On arrival at Memorial Square Mayor of Crewe, Cllr Brian Roberts, switched on the Christmas lights at 6.30pm.

The switch-on was followed by an inaugural video mapping projection show – ‘Lumen – Crewe’s Night of Lights’ – onto the façade of Municipal Buildings.

The projection took viewers through a spectacular snowy, sooty, Victorian Crewe telling the story of an unlikely pairing, a chance encounter and amorous pursuit.

The video projection will run every evening until December 23.

Spark perform outside Municipal Building (1)

The projection show was followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Crewe’s Memorial Square was lit by a glow of woodland creatures, giant flowers, luminous stars and ice drops and a ‘Fox Lady’ puppet who delighted children with walkabout performances around the town centre.

A winter market offered food and a wide range of festive gifts as well as a chance for children to meet Santa in his grotto.

‘Peal’ – a laser-triggered emulation of a church bell tower blending state-of-the-art technology with 300 year-old ringing patterns – offered visitors a chance to ‘ring’ bells by cutting beams of light with their hands.

Lumen - Crewes Night of Lights decoration (2)

Channel 5 filmed the event for a forthcoming TV show on December 21.

The event was organised by Crewe Town Council and supported by local business and partners including Cheshire East Council, Crewe Lyceum Theatre, Crewe Library, The Cat 107.9FM, The Market, Design Office, ArtReach, Double Take Projection, Same Sky, Blitz Fireworks, Air Products, Prestige Motors Crewe, Crewe Engineering & Design UTC and ABC Childcare Services Crewe.

Lantern parade led by Spark!

Lumen - Fairground at Lyceum Square

Spark perform outside Municipal Building (2)

Lumen - Crewes Night of Lights decoration (1)

Christ Church - art installation (2)


Spark perform outside Municipal Building (3)

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