On Saturday 13 November, the Business Improvement District (BID) for Milton Keynes officially launched Christmas in the city, with stage performances, fireworks, lasers, snow and plenty of festive spirit.
Families and friends from across Milton Keynes came together outside Midsummer Place to enjoy singing, dancing and some very merry mascots on the MyMiltonKeynes stage, hosted by local radio station, MKFM.
As darkness descended on the city centre, Father Christmas joined the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Mohammed Khan and breakfast show presenters, Darren and Lia as they counted down to the big switch-on of 64,000 LED lights throughout the city centre.
The lights, invested into the city by the BID, and which will brighten central Milton Keynes every day until the New Year are in the shape of parcels, the three kings and wrapped around every tree lining central MK’s boulevard.
MyMiltonKeynes’ social media channels have been flooded with positive feedback, here are just a few comments that people posted about Saturday’s switch-on:
“This was fantastic hope you’re doing it next year!”
“It was brilliant! Thank you so much! Way better than we expected too!”
“Thanks for giving a 5-minute warning for those with sensory issues, we were able to get a nice distance away and enjoy it with his noise cancelling headphones.”
Lia Christodoulou, breakfast presenter on MKFM said: “Wow, how incredible to turn on the most epic Christmas Light display in Milton Keynes.”
Successfully mandated by businesses in 2017, MyMiltonKeynes has provided £5 million of additional improvements to central Milton Keynes, creating a safer, cleaner, better connected, smarter and more vibrant city centre for all. The BID is now in an important stage in its history, as it awaits the results of its ballot this November, which will determine if it is able to continue to provide these fantastic FREE events, as well as many other essential improvements.
Melanie Beck MBE, Chief Executive of MyMiltonKeynes explains: “We are still buzzing from hosting such an amazing event on Saturday. It was incredible to see so many people celebrating Christmas again in our city and we hope that the results of our ballot will mean that we can continue to host these essential community events for many years to come!”