The Christmas lights switch on has taken place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport. The Grand owner Andrew Mikhail; Father Christmas; and radio star Claire Simmo. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Southport’s hottest new venue, The Grand on Lord Street,  elevated Christmas to a whole new level tonight (Sunday 6th November), as it switched on its dazzling Christmas lights installation. 

Over 15,000 twinkling lights, 6,000 baubles, a giant Christmas tree and  garlands galore ensured the show-stopping festive decorations  drew gasps from the locals as The Grand turned on the festive charm illuminating Lord Street. 

Hosted by local radio legend and star of this year’s panto at The Atkinson in Southport, Claire Simmo, festivities kicked off from 5.30pm. 

The Christmas lights switch on has taken place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport. Thomas Madden, Andrew Mikhail, Father Christmas, and Claire Simmo. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

The Christmas lights switch on has taken place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport. Thomas Madden, Andrew Mikhail, Father Christmas, and Claire Simmo. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

There were traditional Christmas classics from The Haydock Brass Band, festive tunes from ‘The Southport Singers’, David Broe and Casandra Kotchie. 

The highlight of the evening was a guest appearance all the way from Lapland by ‘The Real Santa’ who flicked the switch and declared the festive lights open for all to enjoy!

An absolute must visit for your festive diary, the light switch on, which was free to attend, was a magical event for the whole family with live entertainment and a selection of festive inspired food.

The Christmas lights switch on has taken place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport. Claire Simmo (left), Shaun McMahon (sedond left), Kelly Bond (third leff) and Father Christmas. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

The Christmas lights switch on has taken place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport. Claire Simmo (left), Shaun McMahon (second left), Kelly Bond (third left) and Father Christmas. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

Oozing art deco elegance, the first two phases of the £4million transformation at the all-new Grand have now been completed to offer a unique mix of old-time glamour and contemporary style.

The stunning festive installation will continue throughout the November and December, creating the perfect festive backdrop for drinks in the stunningly refurbished Chloe’s Piano Bar, or a delicious Sunday roast in The Brasserie.

The spectacular Christmas display is set to further enhance the magnificent new venue, creating a festive focal point on Lord Street, which will be perfect for family gatherings, stylish seasonal dining, and memorable Christmas party events.

The Christmas lights switch on has taken place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport. The Southport Singers. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

The Christmas lights switch on has taken place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport. The Southport Singers. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

The Grand General Manager, Eimear McElroy, said: 

‘The Grand is all about celebrating in style and after a few lacklustre Christmases in the depths of the pandemic, we wanted to make our first Christmas truly unforgettable. 

“Taking inspiration from some of the world’s most iconic restaurants, we have gone all-out with our decorations, and we can’t wait to see guests enjoying a spectacular Christmas here in the heart of Southport.” 

The Christmas lights switch on has taken place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

The Christmas lights switch on has taken place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

To enjoy this festive first in style, book a table or just call in, enjoy a winter-warmer and get into the Christmas spirit – Grand style!

For more details call The Grand on: 01704 334533 or visit: https://www.thegrand.co.uk

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