Bake Off winner Nadiya to turn on Christmas lights

Nadiya Hussain
Nadiya Hussain

Former Luton student and baker extraordinaire Nadiya Hussain will be switching on Luton’s Christmas lights at the annual Lighting up Luton event on Saturday, November 28.

Fresh from her Great British Bake Off victory – where she captured the nation’s hearts with her smile, humour and wonderfully-warm personality – Nadiya has jumped at the chance to come back to her home town which she speaks so fondly of.

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya said: “I love coming back to Luton so was honoured to be asked to switch on the town’s festive lights and be part of such a wonderful community event.

“Lutonians have been so supportive of me and it’s going to be great to see thousands of people come together and enjoy a very special occasion which celebrates Luton and its communities.”

The switch on event will take place in Luton Town Centre at 5.30pm; and will compliment a range of Christmas activity which has been organised throughout the day.

Luton Airport are principal sponsors of the switch-on event to thank local people for supporting their airport, however Luton Borough Council is still looking for businesses to get involved and get their brand behind a the popular event.

Thousands of people will pack the streets and enjoy a day of activities before the evening ceremony where the Christmas lights will be switched on.

A range of sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available, including Christmas tree sponsorship and the lantern parade, and business are encouraged to get in touch.

Cllr Sian Timoney, said “We are absolutely thrilled that Nadiya has agreed to switch on Luton’s Christmas lights. She is such a lovely girl who captured our hearts and is a wonderful role model for the town. Lighting up Luton has always been a hugely popular event in Luton, attracting thousands of people, and Nadiya’s involvement will only add to its popularity in 2015.”

“I would like to thank London Luton Airport Limited for their generous support. As well as celebrating Christmas, it’s a superb opportunity for more businesses to raise their profile by supporting such an exciting event.”

For more information or to support the event, contact the council’s marketing team on 01582 547325 or email