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 Hertfordshire.

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November 2018

St Albans Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market Launch
Sunday 18 November 2018, 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 5.30pm.

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On
Thursday 22 November 2018, 4.00pm-7.00pm
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.

Hitchin Christmas Tree Lights Switch On
Friday 23 November 2018, 4.00pm-8.00pm
Hitchin Town Centre
This wonderful celebration of Hitchin’s community spirit builds year on year. Music, stalls, street food and special guests herald the launch of the town’s Christmas season. Lights switched on at 6.15pm.

Hertford Christmas Gala and Light Switch On
Friday 23 November 2018, 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 at 6.30pm.

Hatfield Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 24th November 2018, 11.00am – 5.00pm
An afternoon of activities in Hatfield Town Centre, spread across Kennelwood Car Park and Market Place. Santa, reindeer from 11am, stalls, entertainment, arts & crafts, snow globe, stage performances and a fun fair.

Hoddesdon Love Christmas and Light Switch On
Saturday 24 November 2018, 10.00am-6.00pm
Hoddesdon Town Centre
A full programme from performers will take place in the arena which will include Enfield Brass Band and local choirs with childrens rides and stalls in the High Street, an array of craft and charity stalls. The event will conclude with the Father Christmas Parade and at 5.45pm a countdown to the switch-on of the Christmas Tree lights followed by a short fireworks display over the town. Free entry, a small charge for some activities.

Letchworth Christmas Light Switch On
Saturday 24 November 2018, 12.00pm-7.00pm, (4.45pm Santa Parade starts on Leys Avenue, 5.30pm Lights Switch On)
Leys Square, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3DL
The season will be kicked-off with the Light Switch-On. Celebrate the official opening of Christmas by joining us on Saturday 24th November, 12pm-7pm for the ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’ and enjoy a whole host of fun activities including: Live Music; Cabaret; Christmas Market; Street Food Court; Santa’s Grotto; Children’s Theatre; Funfair; Santa Parade; and Fireworks Display.

Sawbridgeworth Christmas Light Switch On
Saturday 24 November 2018, from 4.30pm
Bell Street Car Park
Community event with Christmas lights switched on at 6.30pm.

Christmas Live at Hemel Hempstead
Sunday 25 November 2018, 12.00pm-5.30pm
Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead
Your favourite festive fixture is back! Our Christmas lights switch-on event is bringing you a sackful of free, fun activities for all the family.Attractions open at midday – as well as the popular Phasels Wood climbing wall, mobile caves and other outdoor adventure activities there will be a mini snow slope provided by The Snow Centre, where youngsters can have a go at skiing or snowboarding. Father Christmas will be live on stage at around 4.45pm to check you off his naughty and nice list. And who will switch on the Christmas lights at 5.30pm? Well, it could be you! Enter DJ Ken’s competition to be in with a chance of pressing the button and lighting up Hemel Hempstead for the festive season.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival
Sunday 25 November 2018, 12.00pm-6.00pm, lights switched on at 5.00pm
Harpenden High Street, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2RS
The Carnival will take place on the 25 November down Harpenden High Street with our Christmas Market running alongside. Father Christmas and his Elves will be stopping by again to visit the children of Harpenden, and our famous Christmas Lights will be switched on as the sun goes down.

Wheathampstead Christmas Lights Switch On
Thursday 29 November 2018, 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.

Buntingford Late Night Xmas Shopping and Light Switch On
Friday 30 November 2018, from 4.00pm (Carol Singing and Lights of Love ceremony at The Manor House at 6.00pm)
Buntingford Town Centre
The 2018 event will be held on Friday 30 November and combines the annual Lights of Love ceremony and Late Night Shopping evening. This year we will also have the official switching on of the Christmas lights in Buntingford – said by many to be the best around.The evening usually starts in the grounds of The Manor House with the lighting of the Lights of Love Tree in aid of the Isabel Hospice. Traditional carols are sung in this special ceremony.

Tring Christmas Festival and Lights Switch On
Friday 30 November 2018, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Tring High Street – Main Stage in Church Square
Tring comes alive with all things Christmas with the High Street being transformed into a Christmas Market and many shops and businesses opening late. Father Christmas can be found at the Victoria Hall along with festive themed stalls and a full programme of entertainment is provided on the main stage in Church Square. Morris Dancing, Christmas Tree on stilts plus the upper High Street Fun Fair. The Christmas light switch on will be followed by music and dance from various local acts. Entry is free!

Knebworth Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 30 November 2018, 5.00pm-8.000pm
Knebworth Parish Church, 15 St Martin’s Lane, Knebworth, SG3 6ER
We have so much stuff going on and are trying to make this our biggest Christmas Lights Switch On – Christmas market stalls, fun fair, Santa’s grotto, giant snow globe, choir, performances, face painting, DJ and more.

Southdown Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 30 November 2018, from 5.30pm
Southdown, Harpenden
The evening will start with the Christmas lights being switched on by the Town Mayor at 6pm. 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.


December 2018

Redbourn Christmas Market & Lights Switch On
Sunday 2 December 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
High Street, Redbourn, St Albans, AL3 7LN
Kick off the festive season at Redbourn Christmas Market – a not-for-profit event organised by volunteers for the benefit of our community. Enjoy over 100 carefully selected stalls, BBQ, mulled win, mince pies, Santa’s grotto, face painting, glitter tattoos and fabulous entertainment.

Batford Springs Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 2 December 2018, 11.00am-4.30pm
Lower Luton Rd, Harpenden AL5 5AQ
The event will run from 11.00am – 4.30pm and will include a variety of activities for both young and old to enjoy together. Advance ticket sales for skating are open now and we advise booking early as we expect this to be a highly popular activity. Visit this website address to book: www.batfordmemorialhall.comThe tradition of Batford Lights situated at the corner of the Lower Luton Road & Station Road will continue, with the lights being switched on at 5pm by the Town Council (following the end of the event at the Memorial Hall) and we hope that as many residents as possible, will go down to the corner and mark the beginning of festive period in Batford for 2018.

London Colney Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 2 December 2018, from approx. 3.30pm-6.30pm
Chester Gibbons Green, High Street, London Colney, St Albans, AL2
The main stage will host a number of entertainers, a Christmas Market to help with your Christmas Shopping! Funfair rides, food stalls including freshly cooked pizzas, mulled wine, The White Horse Pub and their yummy food, Coffee Hero amazing hot drinks and crepes and waffles! Visit Santa and watch the village lights be switched on!