Christmas lights switch-on

Don't miss the Christmas lights switch-on event, which takes place on Thursday 15 November, sponsored by Experience Guildford and supported by 96.4 Eagle Radio.

Banner image of new Xmas lights

The lights are switched on at 7pm, followed by a grand firework finale, kindly sponsored by White Lion Walk.

From 12 noon until late, there will be Christmas entertainment for all the family, including unicorns, live music playing all afternoon at the Experience Guildford stage and Guildford Fringe Buskers' Corner and don't miss the mascot parade.

The Guildhall balcony show begins at 6pm, hosted by Eagle Radio's Peter Gordon. He will be joined by local sports stars and the cast of the Yvonne Arnaud pantomime, including actress and singer Michelle Gayle.

Find out about Christmas car parking offers on our Christmas car parking offers page.

Programme for the day

  • 3pm - 5pm See real-life Unicorns from My Little Unicorn outside Debenhams or trotting up the High Street

  • 3pm - 8pm Find the Experience Guildford Elves around town and get your #ElfieSelfie

  • 4pm Experience Guildford Stage opens outside Holy Trinity Church

  • 4pm Rock Choir

  • 4.30pm Babama House Duo

  • 5pm Emma Stevens

  • 5.30pm Nefarious Picaroons

  • 4pm Catch even more live music at Guildford Fringe Buskers' Corner by the Scholar Statue, including Majella Yorston, Performance Preparation Academy and various local choirs

  • 4.30pm onwards music and entertainment inside Tunsgate Quarter Shopping Centre provided by Guildford Fringe

  • 5pm Join the Mascot Parade up the High Street, starting from White Lion Walk. Led by Guildford and Godalming Rock Choir

The main event

  • 6pm Countdown to the switch on with the balcony show from the Guildhall, with Eagle Radio's Peter Gordon and the stars of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre panto, Cinderella

  • 7pm The Christmas Lights will be switched on, followed by a dazzling fireworks display, sponsored by White Lion Walk Shopping Centre

  • The Balcony Show will also be broadcast to two big screens, opposite Marks and Spencer and above the Experience Guildford Stage, so even more people can get a really good view.

Closing the evening

  • 7.15pm Boogie the evening away with Latitude (ACM House Band) at the Experience Guildford Stage

  • 7.15pm There will be choirs performing at Guildford Fringe Buskers' Corner, Tunsgate Quarter Shopping Centre, Tunsgate Road, Market Street and on The Rotunda.