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11 December 2017


Oakham Late Night Shopping and Christmas Tree Light Switch On 11th December 2017

Come and get into the Festive Spirit this Christmas with the Oakham Late Night Shopping event. There is so much to see and do. The Victoria Hall and the High Street will be packed with stalls offering local produce and beautiful gift ideas for Christmas.

There will be a range of stalls for people to browse and pick up a Christmas gift or two and for those wanting to really get into the festive spirit try a tasty glass of mulled wine or mince pie. The shops stay open until 9pm.

Free parking from 3pm onwards


26 November 2017 The Green, St Peter’s Hill

Events all day, lights on at 4.15pm

South Kesteven District Council has arranged for the road to be closed throughout the event – on Sunday, November 26 – and will bring its attractions to complement those organised by the Grantham Carnival and Events Group. The group puts on Christmas on the Green on the St Peter’s Hill green and in Abbey Gardens. This year, families will be treated to the popular Winter Wonderland with Santa’s grotto and reindeer, live entertainment and music, street entertainers and more. There will also be craft stalls on offer in the ballroom of the Guildhall Arts Centre, pantomime characters will be greeting event-goers and a blessing of the tree will completed by Father Stuart Cradduck, rector of St Wulfram’s Church. The festive event will begin at 10am and at 4.15pm will be the swithcing on of the Christmas lights, fireworks and mass carol singing.SKDC’s cabinet member for retail and visitor economy Councillor Nick Robins said: “Working with Grantham Events Group we hope the new format of the Christmas Market will entice even more visitors, benefitting traders and local businesses alike.“The lights switch-on finale and fireworks from the towers of the Guildhall will take place at 4.15pm and promises to be a spectacular end to a day to welcome in the festive season.”St Peter’s Hill will be closed from the Post Office to Avenue Road with diversions in place.
Melton Mowbray

1 December 2017

10am-8pm Melton Mowbray Town Centre

Christmas Lights Switch on Event and Victorian Market Entertainment starts in the morning with local live performances from schools, choirs, bands and local artists. Over 60 Victorian Christmas stalls selling unique gifts and local produce perfect for Christmas shopping. Market, entertainment and performances start at 9.30am through to 8.00pm in the evening. Live entertainment from Melton’s schools and local bands plus some great new attractions. New Attraction for 2017 to be announced. Santa’s will be parading down Nottingham Street at 4.00pm with Trumpton before he takes residence in his magical grotto in the Market Place until 8.00pm. The Schedule for details and timings will be available in November Switch On at 6.45pm followed by a firework spectacular. FREE parking ALL DAY in the LONG STAY car parks at Burton Street, Scalford Road and Mill Street. Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter STALL HOLDER INFORMATION: If you would like to trade at this event please contact Ruth Wakeling on Tel: 01664 822114 or email Tel: 01664 502335 Email


Newark on Trent

26 November 2017


Market Square

The Christmas Lights Switch On will take place in Newark on Sunday 26th November 2017.

A full day’s programme of events including fun fair, school choirs, town band, live music from Govannen, Uncovered & more1

There is a full programme of events, including a Christmas Market and various entertainment throughout the day.


West Bridgford

2 December 2017

5pm with events all day Central Avenue

This year’s event will be a jam packed day of festive fun for the whole family on both Central Avenue and Gordon Square, featuring entertainment from local singers and bands, a children’s fairground, street theatre entertainers, santa’s grotto and a free mini ice rink.

There’ll also be a busy market on the Croquet Lawn offering a range of Christmas gifts, crafts, novelties, and festive food. As well as showcasing a great range of independent local businesses guest traders will be visiting the market from Italy, Slovakia and Poland as part of the YouNG Goes Euro Market, an initiative to support young entrepreneurs develop business skills.

All this action leads up to the highlight of the day, the light switch on at 5pm which is being led by Gem at breakfast’s Jo and Sparky and The Mayor of Rushcliffe, followed by a firework finale. Get your skates on to join in the fun!

Central Avenue

  • Christmas market 9am-6pm
  • Children’s fairground 11am-6pm
  • Music and shows 12pm-5pm

Gordon Square

  • Santa’s grotto 1pm-7pm
  • Mini ice rink 1pm-7pm
  • Mr Balloony’s Christmas Roadshow 1pm-7pm

17 November 2017

St Mark’s Shopping Centre

Lights switch on 6.15pm



Start the countdown to Christmas at the annual fun-packed Christmas Lights Switch On at St Marks Shopping Centre, Lincoln High Street, and Waterside Shopping Centre.

Join in the excitement of the Christmas calendar when Lincoln gets its magic festive feel with the official switch on of the decoarative lights throughout the city.

Free Parking and Late-Night Shopping

There will be free parking from 5pm – 9pm at City of Lincoln Council car parks, the University of Lincoln Car Park, and St Marks Car Park and the NEW Central Car Park – making it even easier to join the festive fun.

Plus, shops across the city centre will stay open late after the lights go on until 8pm so you can get a head-start on the Christmas shopping and enjoy something to eat or drink to warm you up.

Find out more about free parking and late night shopping in Lincoln on our blog.

St Marks Shopping Centre

Live entertainment will kick off at St Marks Shopping Centre, hosted by Lincs FM’s John Marshall, at 5pm with music, children’s entertainment, a snow cannon, cast from Jack and the Beanstalk at Lincoln Drill Hall, and a snow globe selfie station.

The switch on of the new lights will take place at 6:15pm by the panto stars and Lincs FM’s John Marshall.

City Square

City Square will be a festive wonderland too, providing a new space to enjoy the switch on near the High Street with less of the crowds. Children’s rides, singing princesses, and food and drink stalls will entertain from 5pm.

A big screen will show a live feed of the High Street stage for the switch on at 7pm.

High Street

Lincoln High Street will be full of festivities for the switch on of the main city centre lights with entertainment from 5:30pm. BBC Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior will be compering with choirs, the Salvation Army Band, and the cast from Aladdin at the New Theatre Royal providing entertainment.

The Mayor and Civic Party will process from the Guildhall to join Lincoln City FC managers Danny and Nicky Cowley, singer Andy Abraham, and Gogglebox’s Sandi Bogle (both appearing in Aladdin) to switch on the lights at 7pm.



17 November 2017

6.45pm Market Square


Capital FM radio presenters Dino, Pete and Tyles will be compering the festivities, which kick off at 6.45pm on Friday, November 17, as well as spinning some seasonal tunes.

For the first time a purpose-built stage will be constructed at the Angel Row side of Slab Square (beside the fountains), with spectators being asked to congregate along the street, which will be closed off to traffic.

Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mike Edwards will be helping to push the plunger and light up the 40-year-old grand fir tree alongside singing sensation Indiana (who scored a top 20 hit with her debut album No Romeo), the stars of this year’s Nottingham Playhouse pantomime and representatives from Nottingham children’s charity When You Wish Upon a Star… oh, and Santa, of course.

Winter Wonderland, which this year includes a new ski lodge serving Christmas-inspired cocktails and German platters, a bigger ice skating rink and a helter-skelter bar, will remain open until 10pm for those eager to have their first mug of mulled wine.

During the switch-on there will be road closures in place to allow for spectators to gather around the stage.

Trams will run as normal before and after the event but there will be no services between Nottingham Station and Royal Centre from 7pm to 8.30pm.


23 November 2017

5pm-8pm Humbertstone Gate West

The most wonderful time of year kicks off on Thursday 23 November with Leicester’s Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The event will once again be on Humberstone Gate West, offering a fantastic programme of stage entertainment from 5pm – 8pm, with live music including The Paradimes closing the show.

Visit Leicester Information Centre on Gallowtree Gate, where you can meet the stars of De Montfort Hall’s Beauty and the Beast – pick up a goodie bag from 4pm and meet the cast from 5pm – 6pm. Marvel at seasonal street artists around the city centre and don’t miss the lights being switched on at 6.30pm with the Lord Mayor, Santa Claus and the cast of Curve show, George’s Marvellous Medicine.

Fairy-tale lovers will love this year’s Christmas tableau in Town Hall Square – the White Witch, Aslan and the land of mythical creatures will be brought to life in this Narnia themed display. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled in the city centre and you might spot the characters from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! The traditional nativity scene will also be set up, along with Christmas carols and a brass band performance to put you in the festive mood.



29 November 2017


High Street, Ironmonger St, Broad St & Red Lion Sq

The ever popular and traditional Stamford Christmas Festival returns to the town this Sunday, November 29, from 10am to 6pm. The event will be held in the centre of Stamford in the High Street, Ironmonger Street, Broad Street and Red Lion Square, which will be packed with traditional craft stalls offering a wide range of gifts. Many of the town’s shops will also be opening for the event so you can finish – or even start – your Christmas shopping. To add to the festive spirit there will be entertainment galore throughout the day including festive Punch and Judy shows, school choirs, Santa’s grotto, real reindeer and a children’s funfair. Santa will then board his sleigh at the Town Hall before travelling onto Red Lion Square for the culmination of the event – the big lights switch-on at about 4.30pm.Red Lion Square, St John’s Street, High Street, Ironmonger Street and Broad Street will be closed from 10pm on Saturday until midnight on Sunday. There will also be a no waiting order in place for Broad Street from midday on Saturday.


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