Stratford upon Avon Christmas Lights Switch On 

Saturday 18th November 2023 at 5.30pm (approximately)

A whole day of magical Christmas fun for all the family


Stratford-upon-Avon town centre is set to dazzle this festive season and will launch with its annual Christmas Lights Switch-On, on 18 November 2023.

Thanks to entertainment and activities organised by Stratford Upon Avon BID and partners, the town will transform into a winter wonderland, featuring interactive attractions like a giant snow globe and an ice cave, plus face painters and other family-friendly delights. Live music and roaming performers will add to the festive atmosphere, while businesses and the market welcome shoppers, offering unique seasonal items.

The superb Christmas Lights Committee’s illuminations will make the town sparkle when they are switched on at 5.30pm. Residents and visitors are invited to celebrate with the Stratford-upon-Avon businesses, embracing the festive season’s joy and community spirit.

There will be Christmas Market stalls, which will be open from 10am to 7pm; this is organised by LSD Promotions please contact them if you have any queries on the market or would like to trade

Christmas Entertainment

Entertainment for the event is all FREE and will fill the town centre from 10am to 7pm, this includes:

  • A Giant Snow Globe photo opportunity on Henley Street 
  • An Ice Cave experience on High Street
  • An Accessible Sleigh photo opportunity on Wood Street
  • A Christmas Pudding Shy game on Henley Street
  • A Hook A Christmas Duck game on Henley Street
  • A Snowball In  A Bucket game on Meer Street
  • Christmas Craft Stalls on Wood Street
  • Glitter Tattoos on Meer Street
  • Face Painter on High Street
  • Glitter Hair/Tattoos on High Street 
  • Face Painter in Bell Court
  • Fire Performer (5pm – 7pm) Scarlet Butterfly
  • Juggler – Magic Ball Man
  • Elf On The Shelf Sitl Walker (Roaming)
  • Performances on the stage by Barclays Bank from 10am – 6.30pm

This event is a partnership of  Stratford Upon Avon BID, Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council Magic Alley, Bell Court, and of course The Stratford Christmas Lights Company


The Stratford District Council car parks below will have free parking from 4 o’clock onwards on the day of the Christmas Light Switch on 19 November:

  • Arden Street
  • Church Street
  • Leisure Centre
  • Recreation Ground
  • Swans Nest Lane
  • Windsor St. multi storey

This does NOT include Bridgeway Multi-Storey Car Park and Bridgeway Surface Car Park

Please be aware that the LPS Car Parks/any other car parks will still require payment