Winning designs from local children are helping to light up Manchester city center this Christmas

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Winning designs produced by local schoolchildren are helping to light up Manchester city center this festive season after their winning designs were turned into illuminated displays

Six children from local Manchester schools have been chosen as winners of a city-wide competition in conjunction with Blachere Illumination. Young people were encouraged to let their creativity run free and design new Christmas lights that would be turned into twinkling lights to display, as Christmas approached in the city centre.


One of the amazing opportunities for children and young people this year as part of the 2022 Our Year of the Council campaign, the winning designs will light up Cathedral Walk, alongside Manchester Cathedral, throughout the festive period.


The Creative Kids competition saw the Council receive over 70 entries from young people across the city. The winners of the festive competition have had their creations transformed into real Christmas lights which will adorn the city center throughout the festive period, alongside Manchester’s famous Christmas lights and Christmas markets.


The lights were switched on for the first time last night, Thursday November 10, with the competition winners and their families invited to a special lighting event to see their creations come to life, lighting up the night sky.


In addition to the six winners whose designs were turned into lights, 24 of the finalists had their Christmas light designs printed on signs that will also be displayed around the city centre. Their creations take pride of place around the perimeter of the Skate Mcr rink in the Cathedral Gardens where they will be displayed until the rink closes on New Years Eve.


The competition was organized as part of 2022 Our Year, a Council campaign to provide children and young people across the city with year-round opportunities, activities and fun.


Councilor Garry Bridges, Executive Member for Children and Early Years, said:




“2022 Our Year is a Council-led campaign where we prioritize children and young people and highlight their successes.


“Christmas is a special time in Manchester and it’s amazing that children across the city are seeing their work transformed into lights that will be on display in the heart of the city center for all to see throughout the festive period.


“It’s great to see the brilliant lights that the winners of the Creative Kids competition have designed. It’s a great recognition of the talent and creativity of the children of Manchester – they should be very proud of their achievement.


“The lights will be on for the public to view, photograph and enjoy throughout the holiday season – watch them!”




Robert Stalker, director of Blachere Illumination, said:




“We are very proud to be working in partnership with Manchester City Council to spread Christmas cheer through our ‘Creative Kids’ drawing competition. This Christmas, six competition winners will have their Christmas drawing designs, turned into column-mounted Christmas designs, which will be displayed in Manchester city centre. We loved seeing all the fantastic children’s starters in Manchester this year and can’t wait to see them lit up this Christmas. It’s a great way to add a little magic to the local kids’ Christmas and it’s sure to be a treasured keepsake for them for years to come.”

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