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Canterbury Christmas Lights Switch-On 2018
Canterbury Christmas Lights Switch-On 2018 MyTownMyCity | Tuesday 30 October Friday 16 November | 4-6pm* | St Georges Street, Canterbury

Prepare to watch Canterbury light up and sparkle at the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event. You can also start you Christmas shopping as it will be the opening day of Canterbury's Christmas Market (now bigger than ever!). 

The event will be hosted by James and Becky from Heart Breakfast and the cast of The Marlowe’s Cinderella Pantomime will switch on the lights in style, plus live music and entertainment from various special guests.


This year the annual switch-on has moved to a Friday! We have also moved the start time a little earlier to ensure your little ones can enjoy all the fun before bedtime. For those able to stay out a little later, the market will be open until 8pm, so you can enjoy a mulled wine while perusing the handcrafted gifts on sale.


*The lights will be turned on between 5.30pm and 5.45pm

Canterbury is at its best at Christmas. With narrow medieval streets clustering around the iconic Cathedral and with beautiful Christmas lights being draped across streets and businesses, it has a festive feel all of its own. The city has everything you need for an amazing Christmas experience: see Father Christmas, enjoy the Christmas markets, stop for tea or lunch at one of Canterbury's many and varied cafes, pubs and restaurants. Also, don't miss the stunning Christmas window displays throughout December. And finally, there's plenty of entertainment in November and December - see the MyCanterbury Christmas Guide or website for all the details.