Southsea kicks off the Christmas festivities this Friday 10 November with a Fireworks and Fairy Lights Event from 4pm - 6pm in Southsea Shopping Centre. 

Wave 105 radio will host the event and be joined on-stage by Portsmouth's very own Marcus Patrick, formerly of TV soap Hollyoaks  who is staring in this year's Kings Theatre production of Snow White. 

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Ken Ellcome and Father Christmas will switch on the lights at 5pm, followed by a spectacular fireworks finale at 6pm (weather permitting). 

The Love Southsea market will be in the precinct throughout the day for Christmas shopping and on-stage highlights include entertainment from Mayville school choir, Southzone dance academy, Abstract Dance and Performing Arts and Streetforce.