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Christmas Lights Switch On

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16th November (All day)

Begin the countdown to Christmas and join us for carols around the tree as we get into the festive spirit and switch on Kingston’s Christmas lights.

There is plenty of fun to be had with a brand new area just for the kids, the opening of our popular Christmas market, Alpine Village and Eden Craft Market, live entertainment on stage, loads of special offers in stores and restaurants throughout the town centre and plenty of other festive surprises. 

Check out the full programme below for Lights Switch On Day 


Christmas Crafts
2.30pm – 4.30pm, Kingston Library
Create a range of festive crafts to add some sparkle to your Christmas.
£1.50 per child


Family Fun at Eden Walk
From 3.30pm, Eden Walk Shopping Centre
There’s plenty of free festive activities for you and your family at Eden Walk. Have your photo taken with Santa in the Giant Snow Globe or transform yourself into your favourite character from Alice in Wonderland at the face painting station. Sit back and enjoy live music from Soul Beat - there’s something for everyone before the lights are switched on at 6.00pm.  Visit for more information.


Special Christmas Lights Switch On Service
5pm, All Saints Church
Head to All Saints for a special family service ahead of the Christmas light switch on, followed by Hot Chocolate and biscuits.


Official Lights Switch On
6pm, Town Centre
Gather around the tree on Clarence Street (outside Barclays Bank) as Kingston illuminates into a festive wonderland!


Christmas Market, Alpine Village, Eden Craft Market and Candy Cane Forest
As the Christmas Lights Switch On Event illuminates Kingston, the opening of Kingston Christmas Market, Alpine Village, Eden Craft Market and Candy Cane Forest brings all the joy and animation of Christmas to Kingston.
Peruse the festive ware at our famous Christmas Market stalls, grab a mulled wine and a bite to eat in Alpine Village, check out the beautiful handmade crafts at Eden Craft Market and catch some live entertainment on stage and around the tree.
We are also welcoming Candy Cane Forest for the first time, a dedicated children's area set up in Memorial Gardens with loads of rides and fun for the kids and a few surprise guests!


Make it Christmas Workshops
To really get your Christmas off to a sparkling start, try one of the special Make It Christmas workshops beginning in November and shopping events also taking place on Thursday 16 November.
Find all of the Make it Christmas Workshops listed in our What's On Section

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