Plymouth Christmas Light Switch On

Plymouth Christmas Light Switch On

The start of Plymouth’s exciting festive calendar will be launched this Thursday with the Christmas Lights Switch on in the city centre.

The hotly anticipated annual event will launch the Christmas countdown and mark the start of Thursday late night shopping for all those hunting for their perfect gifts. Visitors will be able to enjoy the entertainment before exploring the great shops and eateries available in the city centre and across the waterfront.

Join the crowds on the city centre Piazza from 4pm for a packed programme of stage entertainment, building up to the exciting moment that the city centre lights will be switched on.

Hosted by Heart breakfast’s Matt and Victoria this year’s Switch on event promises an evening full of entertainment and Christmas excitement to help mark the turning on of this year’s beautiful illuminations.

The stage programme will begin with music by primary schools and a Christmas poem written by the Young City Laureate Lola Beal, followed by performances from Plymkids, Plymouth Performing Arts Academy, Savannah Shepherd, Glitter & Glow Princesses and popular band Rockafella, as well as an appearance from Star Wars characters. A giant Nutcracker will also be on stage to mark the launch of the popular Nutcracker Trail in the city centre.

And most excitingly of all this year’s Christmas Lights will be switched on by the biggest celebrity of the festive season, Santa Claus himself!

He’ll be making a special visit to Plymouth ahead of the busiest night of his year to help turn on Plymouth’s lights and get the city into the Christmas spirit. We’ll follow his journey throughout the evening to track his progress on his way for a special appearance on the stage where he’ll deliver some early presents to lucky people in the crowd.

Get your best Christmas jumper on and join the fun in Plymouth for a very merry Christmas!

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This is the running order for the night:

Pilgrim Primary Academy

Plympton Academy’s Choir and Performance band

Compton Primary Choir


Speech by Young City Laureate Lola Beal

Plymouth Performing Arts Academy

Savannah Shepherd

Nutcracker Trail launch

Glitter & Glow Princesses


Lord Mayor of Plymouth welcome

Christmas Lights Switch on at 6.25pm



Stage programme finished by 8pm









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