Kadeena, who won bronze in the 100 metres sprint and gold in 500 metres cycling time trials, will be a special guest of honour, along with triathletes Ali and Johnny Brownlee, at tonight’s event on Victoria Gardens.
Coun Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The Christmas lights switch on is always such an exciting occasion and we’re particularly proud to welcome some our Rio heroes Ali and Jonny Brownlee and Kadeena Cox to the stage as special guests of honour.
“They are tremendous ambassadors for Leeds and I’m sure they’ll get an incredible welcome from the crowds.
“The atmosphere on Victoria Gardens is always very special each year and it’s fantastic to see so many people coming to the city centre to get the festive season underway together.”
Joining them in the fun, starting at 6.45pm, will be panto favourite Jez Edwards, who will be appearing as Buttons in Cinderella at the Carriageworks Theatre’s annual Christmas panto.
And Britain’s Got Talent sensations Boogie Storm will be performing their unique dance routine as Stormtroopers with a festive twist.