Christmas lights switch-ons near you

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8:04am 10th November 2017
(Updated 12:07pm 17th November 2017)

The ads are on the telly, the fireworks are out and the songs are in the shops - Christmas is nearly here, so it's time to switch on those lights!

For many it's the first real sign of the festive season, as we come together to illuminate the main streets of the towns and villages across North and West Yorkshire.

So, here's a handy guide to where you can get switched on to the season of being jolly:


Thursday 16th November 4-6pm
The Piazza, Victoria Shopping Centre

Christmas officially begins in Harrogate with the Big Switch-On of the Christmas Lights on Thursday 16th November.

The build-up starts at 4pm on the Victoria Centre Piazza, Station Parade, sponsored by Harrogate company CNG and hosted by Stray FM.

Father Christmas will be making a very special appearance and will be joined by a whole host of local talent this year, including talented singer-songwriters Becky Bowe and Thomas Teago. Characters from Harrogate Theatre's pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, will entertain the crowds, as will the ever-popular Rascals Entertainment.

We'll also announce the winners of our annual shop window competition live on stage.

Then Father Christmas will join the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Councillor Anne Jones, at 6pm to press the button and switch on the spectacular new Christmas lights.

After the Big Switch On, a candle-lit procession will lead to St Peter’s Church on Cambridge Street for a short carol service starting at 6.15pm. Everyone is welcome to join us there.


Thursday 23rd November 3:30-6:30pm
Craven Court Shopping Centre

Stray FM's Nick Hancock and Beth Parsons host all the fun, including Paw Patrol and Skipton Brass Band!


Saturday 25th November 5pm
Ilkley Bandstand

Ilkley gets set to switch on the Christmas lights.... Get into the Christmas Spirit and soak up the atmosphere, with traditional carol singing and celebrations along The Grove. 

Do some Christmas shopping, and see the town centre lit up!


Saturday 25th November 4-6pm
Ripon Market Place

Annual Christmas Lights Switch On in Ripon! Entertainment from Dishforth Military Wives Choir amongst many others.

Free Christmas Family Fun


Friday 24th November
Knaresborough Market Place

Knaresborough's annual Bright Friday - the antidote to Black Friday - returns.


Thursday 23rd November 6-8pm
Wetherby Market Place

Family fun including: Hot food stalls, fairground rides, Xmas market stalls, the switch on, live music & entertainment and more!


Monday 27th November 5:30-7:30pm
Otley Town Centre

"OK… we admit it. We LOVE Christmas in Otley… which is why we start our festive season as early as possible. Events kick off with the switching on of the Otley Christmas Lights.

This event always attracts large crowds and is a very popular night out which aims to get the visitors into the spirit of Christmas, with entertainment and shows starting at 5.30pm and continuing to the fireworks display at 7.30pm. Come along and join in the fun.

The event marks the start of a series of happenings throughout the month, including Otley turning into Yorkshire’s Christmas Tree Town, the annual Christmas Tree Festival and the annual Victorian Fayre."

Pateley Bridge

Friday 15th December

Not so much a light switch-on, more a late night shopping evening, but festive all the same.


Saturday 2nd December

More details to follow


Wednesday 6th December, 5:30pm
Hall Square

Stray FM are here celebrating everything festive in Boroughbridge.

At 5:30pm the Mayor and President of the Chamber of Trade will switch on the Christmas Tree lights accompanied by the singing children from Roecliffe Primary School.

There's also performances from Boroughbridge Community Choir, Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate and Boroughbridge High School, as well as charity fundraisers and shops will have special festive offers.

Plus, don't miss the free treasure hunt for the children with prizes donated by local businesses.

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