Canterbury Bid

Christmas Lights Switch-on Event 2019

Canterbury Christmas Lights Switch-On

Friday 15 November 2019, 4-6pm

The 2019 Christmas Switch-on will take place on Friday 15th November in St George’s Street. Guest presenters Garry and Laura from KMFM will be joined by live music acts including the fabulous Marylebone Jelly. The event also features a snow machine and a guest appearance from the cast of Marlowe Theatre’s panto cast: Mother Goose.

The Christmas Market’s (St George’s Street only) will also launch on 15 November, staying open late to keep visitors entertained throughout the evening. Expect stalls selling food, drink and gifts, a live music stage and this year it will feature a helter skelter and giant snow globe!

Our thanks go to Canterbury City Council and Stagecoach who are providing FREE Park & Ride between 3pm-9pm.

Christmas Lights

Canterbury will be shining brightly this Christmas with the city centre being strewn with lights paid for by the businesses in the BID area and provided by Canterbury BID. Our Christmas Lights contractor, Gala Lights tests fixing points and installs the lights around the city. The Christmas lights are designed to complement and enhance this historic city. Here are your lights, in numbers:

5: miles of lights put up each year
12: people to put up and take down the lights over 7 nights
21: streets across the city decorated
100s: of permissions obtained by the BID team, allowing lights to be attached
5,000: in attendance at the annual switch-on event, enjoying themselves in our city
£66,000: is the annual cost for our Christmas decorations
118,000: LED lights twinkle above our city from