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Christmas lights switch-on

The switching on of the Christmas lights in Guildford town centre will take place on Thursday 16 November.

Banner image of new Xmas lights

The nights are drawing in and thoughts are turning to the festive season. So what better way to start your celebrations than by joining us at Guildford's traditional Christmas Lights switch-on on Thursday 16 November. 

From 12pm you can meet the reindeer and Newfoundland dogs in the town centre, before entertainment starts at 3.20pm on the Experience Guildford stage outside Holy Trinity Church on the High Street.

The mascot parade starts at 5.15pm and at 6pm Peter Gordon, from 96.4 Eagle Radio, will present the traditional countdown show from the Guildhall balcony.

Eagle Radio has been a proud supporter of Guildford's Christmas lights switch-on for over 20 years.

Expect an exciting mix of music, panto stars and local sporting stars as we count down to the big switch-on at 7pm. The switch-on will be followed by a spectacular firework display, sponsored by White Lion Walk shopping centre.

Events on social media can be shared using the hashtag #guildfordlights.

Timetable of events

For more Christmas events information, visit Christmas at The Village.

  • 11.30am - 6.00pm Magic shows and balloon modelling at The Village

  • 11.30am - 2.30pm Face Painting at The Village and 3.30pm - 6.30pm

  • 12.00pm - 4.30pm Join Catboy, Owlette and Gecko from PJ Masks at The Friary Guildford

  • 12.00pm - 6.00pm Say hello to some of Santa's reindeer at The Rotunda

  • 12.00pm - 8.00pm Ice rink open at The Village

  • 1.00pm - 6.00pm Visit the Newfoundland dogs outside Debenhams and around the town

  • 2.00pm Meet Belle from Beauty and the Beast at White Lion Walk

  • 3.20pm The Experience Guildford Stage opens (outside Holy Trinity Church) with performances from Belle and Santa and his Elves!

  • 4.00pm Catch even more live music at Guildford Fringe Buskers' Corner, down by the Scholar statue

  • 5.15pm See the Mascot parade up the High Street, starting from White Lion Walk

  • 6pm Countdown show begins from the Guildhall balcony, presented Peter Gordon, from 96.4 Eagle Radio

  • 7pm Lights switch-on and fireworks display.

Road closures for Christmas lights event

Guildford High Street between Quarry Street and North Street (including the side roads) will be closed on Thursday 16 November from 4pm to 10pm.

Tunsgate will also be closed from 2pm to 10pm on this day.

Road closures for Christmas shopping evenings

The High Street (from the barrier) will also be closed to vehicles on the following days from 11am to 7pm:

  • Thursday 23 November

  • Thursday 30 November

  • Thursday 7 December

  • Thursday 14 December

  • Monday 18 December

  • Tuesday 19 December

  • Wednesday 20 December

  • Thursday 21 December

  • Friday 22 December


Christmas parking offer

Together with Experience Guildford, we are offering shoppers free parking in some of the Pay and Display car parks every Thursday from 4pm from 23 November to 21 December.

Car parks taking part in this offer include:

  • Leapale Road

  • Bedford Road Multi-Storey

  • Bright Hill

  • Millbrook

  • Bedford Road Surface

  • G Live

  • Mary Road

  • Commercial Road pay and display

  • Old Police Station

  • Upper High Street (Eastgate)

  • Waitrose