It's a Sunday for the first time
Exeter's Christmas lights will be turned on on Sunday 18 November.
It's a change from previous years in which the event was timed to coincide with the first evening of late-night shopping on a Thursday; which meant a rush from work, school or college for many people.
Now Exeter will have an all-day celebration, in which the High Street will be closed to traffic to allow more stalls and entertainment.
Radio Exe will be hosting the event - alongside city centre marketing group InExeter, with Ben Clark and Ashley Jeary on stage throughout the day. Late night shopping will start the following Thursday.
Crealy is the event's sponsor and Stagecoach South West is the partner for the big day. The lights go on at 5pm.
This year will be the third year that InExeter has funded city-wide Christmas illuminations, bringing festive cheer across the city. With additional lights being added to Castle Street, Fore Street, and the Guildhall, as well as continued light schemes throughout Gandy Street, North Street, South Street, High Street, Paris Street and Sidwell Street and Princesshay and The Guildhall hosting their own spectacular festive lights, 2018 is tipped to be the city’s biggest and best Christmas yet.
Ann Hunter, InExeter manager says: “Christmas 2018 is going to be bigger and better than ever. We are really excited about moving the light switch on to the Sunday for a full day of fantastic festive activities that the whole family can get involved in. This year there will be so much on offer including the unmissable Christmas Markets situated on Cathedral Green, a superb show of Christmas illuminations and events scheduled from both independent and high street retailers, this year will be the most festive year yet for the city. As well as all the added fun, the usual late-night Thursday shopping events are not to be missed and give shoppers the perfect opportunity to pick up Christmas gifts for friends and family while enjoying all that Exeter has to offer.”