Canterbury Bid

Christmas Lights 2021

Canterbury’s Christmas Light Up Parade – Friday 12 November (6-7pm)

Head to Canterbury city centre on Friday 12 November (6-7pm) to enjoy the launch of this year’s Christmas festivities.
To encourage social distancing, a ‘Light Up Parade’ is taking place, rather than a static stage.
The light up event will begin at 6pm with the illumination of Westgate Towers, and as the parade moves up the high street the light-up will follow!
You will be able to see the lights going on (bit by bit) from multiple points along the high street, so please don’t feel you need to stand in a crowd (scroll down for route).
The parade will be led by the fantastic No Limit Street Band. Following them will be Christmas characters and a lantern parade created by Canterbury School of Visual Arts at Canterbury College, The Marlowe Theatre Panto cast members in a fairy-tale horse drawn carriage and the Lord Mayor and his family in a ‘modern carriage’ provided by Barretts Canterbury. Not forgetting our hard working ‘light up’ elves that will be making sure Canterbury is sparkling as we process.
The parade will warm up with songs performed by Robbie White in the Marlowe Forecourt at 5.30pm, getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.
6pm – Marlowe Forcourt (Westagate Towers illuminated)
High Street
Rose Lane
Rose Square
At Rose Square the procession will be met by KMFM Presenter Garry Wilson for the final section of lights to be switched on and for the festive season to officially begin!
Don’t forget, while you are in town, to pop along to the fantastic Christmas Market which will be open from 10am-7pm in St Georges Street, Whitefriars and Rose Lane

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
100s: of permissions obtained by the BID team, allowing lights to be attached
5,000: in attendance (non-Covid year) 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