Get into the spirit of the season with these Herts Christmas Lights Switch Ons. Enjoy a variety of stalls, rides and activities – and maybe even meet Santa and his reindeer!

We also have listings for Christmas marketsgrottos and pantos  in Herts.

We do our best to provide accurate details, but please check with the organisers before travelling.

November 2017

Hatfield Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 18th November 2017, 2.00pm – 5.30pm
An afternoon of activities in Hatfield Town Centre, spread across White Lion Square, The Arcade and Market Place. Santa, reindeer, stall, entertainment, arts & crafts, face painting, stage performances and a fun fair.

Hertford Christmas Gala and Light Switch On
Friday 24 November 2017, 3.30pm-8.00pm
Hertford Town Centre
The annual Christmas Gala event will take place on Friday with Christmas markets, street entertainment, performance stage, petting reindeer and stalls, Christmas grotto and Christmas tree light switch on.

Buntingford Late Night Xmas Shopping and Light Switch On
Friday 24 November 2017, from 4.00pm (carol singing and light switch on 6.00pm-6.45pm)
Buntingford Town Centre
The 2017 event will be held on Friday 24th November and combines the annual Lights of Love ceremony and Late Night Shopping evening. This year they will also have the official switching on of the Christmas lights in Buntingford – said by many to be the best around.

Hitchin Christmas Tree Lights Switch On
Friday 24 November 2017, 4.00pm-8.00pm
Hitchin Town Centre
This wonderful celebration of Hitchin’s community spirit builds year on year. Music, stalls and special guests herald the launch of the town’s Christmas season. Lights switched on at 6.15pm.

Tring Christmas Festival and Lights Switch On
Friday 24 November 2017, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Tring High Street – Main Stage in Church Square
Plenty of shops will be open late to offer a Christmas shopping experience. The High St will be transformed into a Christmas Market. Father & Mrs Christmas will be resident in the Victoria Hall along with festive themed stalls. A fun fair for all ages will be in the Upper High St. Entertainment will be provided on the Main Stage in Church Sq where you can watch the Christmas lights switch on and the Design a Light winner announced. More entertainment can be found in Dolphin Square.

Hoddesdon Love Christmas and Light Switch On
Saturday 25 November 2017, 10.00am-6.00pm
Hoddesdon Town Centre
Local choirs and musical groups will keep shoppers entertained with the majestic sound of Enfield Brass Band bringing in the Christmas cheer. A Father Christmas parade will take place later in the afternoon before the switch on of the Christmas tree lights by the Mayor of Broxbourne followed by a short fireworks display.

Letchworth Christmas Light Switch On
Saturday 25 November 2017, 12.00pm-7.00pm
Leys Square, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3DL
The season will be kicked-off with the Light Switch-On. On the day, we plan to showcase the finest local talent and acts on stage and around town. Furthermore, we plan to bring in local stallholders offering Artisan and high-quality produce, including food, drinks and gifts. Of course, you can also expect the traditional firework display and appearance of Father Christmas. Each weekend after the Switch-On Event, there will be further fun and games in the town centre to fill you with cheer.

Sawbridgeworth Christmas Light Switch On
Saturday 25 November 2017, from 4.30pm
Bell Street Car Park
Community event with Christmas lights switched on at 6.30pm.

Christmas Live at Hemel Hempstead
Sunday 26 November 2017, 12.00pm-5.30pm
Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead
Your favourite festive fixture is back! This Christmas lights switch-on event is bringing you a sackful of free, fun activities for all the family. Attractions open at midday, including the return of the popular Phasels Wood climbing wall, spider mountain and other outdoor adventure activities. There’ll be live performances on the Rainbow Stage in New Town Square. This year’s line-up includes a Baby Rave, children’s favourite Magic Dave and the winners of our Hemel Hears You! music competition. Father Christmas will be live on stage from 4.45pm to check you off his naughty and nice list. Local resident Emma Young will be switching on the Christmas lights at 5.30pm as she ticks another thing off of her ’40 things before 40′ bucket list. And don’t forget to stay for the fireworks finale straight after the big countdown.

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market Launch
Sunday 26 November 2017, 12.00pm-6.00pm
Taxi Rank Stage on St Peters Street 
An afternoon of entertainment throughout the city followed by the lights switch-on at 5pm.  Further entertainment at Clock Tower on High Street & Christmas Market in Vintry Garden outside St Albans Cathedral.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival
Sunday 26 November 2017, 12.00pm-6.00pm, lights switched on at 5.00pm
Harpenden High Street, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2RS
A spectacular event in Harpenden High Street, encompassing a carnival procession, charity stalls, a Farmers Market, turning on of the Town’s Christmas lights, fairground rides and festive shopping. Father Christmas and his Elves will be stopping by again to visit the children of Harpenden.

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On
Thursday 30 November 2017, 4.00pm-6.30pm
Stevenage Town Square
Enjoy fantastic food & drink stalls available whilst you listen to an amazing line up of acts. Or why not step into the selfie snow globe; or visit the mascots; or simply stop to stroke the huskies. Lots more on, with a perfect finale of fireworks.

Wheathampstead Christmas Lights Switch On
Thursday 30 November 2017, 5.45pm-8.00pm
Wheathampstead Town Centre
Bring the children to see Santa, have fun on even more fairground rides, sample local shops and businesses and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies.


December 2017

Knebworth Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 1 December 2017, 5.00pm-7.30pm
Knebworth Parish Church, 15 St Martin’s Lane, Knebworth, SG3 6ER
Switch on is at 6pm. Hosted by Mather Marshall Estate Agents Knebworth, there will be inside and outside stalls, along with a carousel, bouncy castle, roasted chestnuts and candy floss. Paul at Trussells is going to be cooking up some hot food and a hot drink stall of teas/coffees, mince pies and mulled wine will be available.  Plus, a grotto will be nicely lit up for the kids to see Santa. The local choir will be on hand to get everyone in the festive mood and potentially a brass band. The local press and local MP, Stephen McPartland, will be attending.

Southdown Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 1 December 2017, from 5.30pm
Southdown, Harpenden
As ever it promises to be a brilliant family event with many great attractions including carol singing and folk dancing from the English miscellany, children’s fairground rides, shops opening late and a range of Christmas stalls. The Christmas lights will be switched on by the Town Mayor at 6.00pm. Like last year, we will be lighting up various trees, lamp columns and of course the Christmas tree.

Redbourn Christmas Market
Sunday 3 December 2017, 11.00am-5.00pm
High Street, Redbourn, St Albans, AL3 7LN
Experience the best of Redbourn at their annual winter festival. Visit the pretty historic village of Redbourn to celebrate authentic and quality local crafts, food and music. 80+ stalls overflowing with delicious food, beautiful crafts and gift ideas; seasonal music showcasing the best local talent; Yule raffle with lots of amazing prizes from local businesses, plus Santa Claus!

London Colney Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 3 December 2017, from approx. 3.30pm-6.30pm
Chester Gibbons Green, High Street, London Colney, St Albans, AL2
The annual Lights Switch on takes place at Chester Gibbons Green, on High Street, London Colney. The official lights will be turned on at 5.30pm.

Batford Springs Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 10 December 2017, 1.00pm-5.00pm
Lower Luton Rd, Harpenden AL5 5AQ
The main man himself will be at the event in his sleigh along with a full afternoon’s entertainment that has been scheduled. The switching on of the lights, is still at the forefront of the event and following the closing of the Christmas Wonderland 2017 Santa’s Chief Elf will lead families on a walk through ‘Elf Woods’ which will lead us all back to Batford Corner ready for the 5pm switch on by the Mayor.