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Christmas Light Switch On Events

12 Nov 2019

Almost as soon as Halloween was over this year, the weather changed and it’s definitely chilly enough now to be classed as winter. So, pack up your pumpkins and untangle that tinsel – it’s Christmas!

Well, almost.

If you’re ready to deck the halls but haven’t quite psyched yourself up to go up the loft for your decorations, get your festive fix vicariously by going to your local Christmas Light switch-on!


Aberdeen - 24 November

In a parade led by the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, enjoy the festivities as entertainers make their way from Albyn Place to Castlegate for the annual Christmas Light switch-on.

Exeter - 17 November

The lights will sparkle brightly in the culmination of a five day festival, Fire Nights and Lights. With entertainment throughout the day from Exeter Gospel Choir and a lantern parade through the streets, it's an event for all the family.

Folkestone - 15 November

If you're a bit of a bookworm, you're going to love the special guest at this year's Christmas light switch on in Folkestone. Booked Prize winner, Ben Okri, will be doing the honours of the big switch-on as well as launching 2019 Book Festival. 

Carlisle - 17 November

In true Christmas style, the Lakes have invited a man from the East to switch on their Christmas lights. East 17 band member, Max George is just one of the entertainers at the event, along with local singers and dance schools.

Barnsley - 28 November

It's a winter extravaganza this year as Barnsley Bright Lights celebrates the start of the season with a three day festival. Follow the trail through the city and see "The night before Christmas" poem brought to life as a giant story book. Fireworks will light up the night sky to signal the start of the countdown to Christmas.

Littlehampton - 22 November 

There are craft stalls, food booths and entertainers galore at the Littlehampton Christmas Light Switch-on & Late Night Shopping. Town Mayor, Cllr Tracey Baker will switch on the lights and listen out for the announcement of the winner of the Name the Elf competition!

Canterbury - 15 November

Mother Goose and Co have left Pantoland for one night only so that they can help light up Canterbury. Join in the fun and even treat yourself to a mulled wine or ginger cookie at the Christmas Market. You might even pick up a few Christmas pressies while you're there!


Sunderland - 21 November

Head to Keel Square where Sun FM are hosting the annual Christmas Light Switch-on. Event-goers can enjoy performances from local choirs and Spark! Drummers - it's an evening that'll take some beating!

Kettering - 28 November

We can't promise you two pints of lager or a packet of crisps, but we can promise you Will Mellor who'll be switching on the lights in Kettering. There will also be live music, food and market stalls so you an really make an evening of it!

Perth - 16 November

There are kittens and foxes heading to Perth this year to switch on the lights - Atomic Kitten stars, Liz McLarnon and Natasha Hamilton, and Stephen Mulhern and Basil Brush. Boom! Boom! It's an all day extravaganza so make your way into town from 12 noon to eat, drink and be merry!

Edinburgh - 17 November

Have you heard the news?! Santa's making a flying visit to Edinburgh this year and joining Rock Choir Live, Edinburgh's Little Voices Big Stars and lots more local talent for Light Night! Along with amazing entertainment, the whole night ends with a pyrotechnics display that will leave revellers in awe.

Cheltenham - 23 November

Journey back to the Victorian period with stories from Dickens' ghosts as they travel through the town centre before arriving at The Queen's Hotel where the man in the red suit, Santa himself, will switch on the Christmas lights.

Lincoln - 22 November

There are plenty of opportunities to get those festive feels as Lincoln plays host to not one, not two but THREE Christmas Light Switch-on events! Whether you choose to celebrate at St Marks Shopping Centre, Lincoln High Street or Waterside Shopping Centre, you're in for a treat with entertainment and excitement guaranteed.

Rotherham - 14 November

Things are going to be pretty lit in Rotherham with a performance by Halo Glow Show, followed by the official switch-on of the town lights. Entertainment will be provided by Rotherham Youth Choir, Lauren Housley and the cast of Sleeping Beauty. You won't want to miss it!

Liverpool - 15 November

Okay, so technically this isn't an official Christmas Light Switch-on but we wanted to let you know that the tree and lights arrive in Liverpool, along with the opening of the Christmas Markets so you can head along this weekend to "ooh" and "ahh" to your heart's content.

Christmas events are always super busy and parking can be a nightmare that ruins the mood for the whole night. Use our journey planner to see if you can get to your chosen event by bus.

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