Christmas lights switch-on

Our fantastic Christmas lights switch-on event will take place today - Thursday 21 November, sponsored by Experience Guildford and supported by 96.4 Eagle Radio.

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Christmas lights switch on event
Start Christmas the Guildford way and join us for all the festive fun and frolics of the Guildford Christmas lights switch-on!

There will be live music on the Experience Guildford stage, programmed and presented by Guildford Fringe, outside Holy Trinity Church.

At 6pm Eagle Radio's Peter Gordon will host the balcony show from the Guildhall ahead of the light switch on at 7pm. Afterwards, there will be a spectacular fireworks display, courtesy of Experience Guildford, and even more music!

You can also pick up a copy of The Little Book of Offers Christmas voucher book to enjoy some fantastic shopping and eating offers on the day, over the festive period and beyond.

Celebrate the arrival of the festive season in Guildford town centre.


1pm - 5pm - See Santa in his sleigh at Tunsgate Quarter!

2pm - 6pm - Find the Experience Guildford Elves around town and get your #ElfieSelfie

3.30pm - Experience Guildford Stage opens outside Holy Trinity Church (enjoy music from local act including Guildford and Godalming Rock Choir and Guildford Jazz Choir right up until the balcony show)

5pm - Join the Mascot parade up the High Street, starting from White Lion Walk

6pm - Countdown to the switch-on with the balcony show from the Guildhall, with Eagle Radio's Peter Gordon, the cast of the Yvonne Arnaud's panto, Sleeping Beauty plus lots of special guests

7pm - The Christmas lights will be switched on, followed by a dazzling fireworks display, sponsored by Experience Guildford

The Balcony Show will also be broadcast to big screens opposite M&S and above the stage, so even more people can get a really good view!

7.15pm - 8.30pm - Boogie the evening away with Latitude back at the Experience Guildford Stage.

Watch the Guildford Christmas lights 2018 video to see how the night was celebrated.