Countdown to Christmas lights switch-on

Christmas festivities begin in Worcester on Thursday 22 November, when sparkling lights will be switched on from Cathedral Square as part of a fun-packed family evening.  The event starts at 3.45 pm, with the big switch-on taking place at 6.00pm.

“This promises to be a happy and fun-filled occasion for the whole family, and is a great opportunity to bring the whole community together in the spirit of love not hate,” says Cllr Jabba Riaz, Mayor of Worcester, who will be switching on the lights.

White and gold coloured lights are being specially hired by the City Council to bring festive sparkle to Worcester’s city centre, as the Christmas shopping season begins in earnest.  Fairy lights are also being installed in trees along the High Street, creating an extra magical effect.

Hosted by BBC Hereford & Worcester presenters Elliott Webb and Malcolm Boyden, the evening will include entertainment from Luke Swatman; Matt Sheehan; Dharma Burns; Alex Lleo; Woo Town Hillbillies and Worcester Concert Brass, amongst others.  After the lights have been switched on, there will be a community carol sing along. 

The event signals the start of Christmas late night shopping in Worcester city centre, with many shops staying open until 8.00pm on Thursdays.

Security measures have been put in place ahead of this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.  The Surface Guard system ( will be used to block road access into Cathedral Square.  Surface Guard will also be used to protect a wider area around the Victorian Fayre (29 November – 2 December).

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