The best Christmas light switch-ons for 2021

With one click of a switch, a whole street becomes illuminated. That for us at Travelodge is the ultimate beginning of the festive season. It’s time for shopfronts filled with Christmas decorations and toys, Christmas trees brimming with baubles, and festive smells filling the air.

So go and get your scarves, hats, and gloves on at one of our best Christmas light switch-ons for 2021!


Syon Park
LONDON

Dates: 19th & 26th November
If you want a mesmerising light display this Christmas, then Enchanted Woodland at Syon’s Park is the place to go this winter! With glittering lights and interactive displays down their renowned glittering trail, you will truly feel the magic of Christmas begin at this ornamental event.

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London Kew Bridge

London Richmond Central

London Twickenham


Cardiff Castle
CARDIFF

Date: 12th November
This year, the Christmas light switch-on in Cardiff Castle will be something to behold. Although it is also held all around the city centre, you will want to be at Cardiff Castle to witness the first-ever sight of the twinkling castle lights. Wrap up warm and enjoy the scenery!

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Cardiff Queen Street

Cardiff Central

Cardiff Atlantic Wharf


Prince Street
EDINBURGH

Date: 19th November
This Christmas event extravaganza is suitable for all the family. As well as the long-awaited switch-on of the Christmas lights, Edinburgh’s Christmas also hosts a range of different activities all around the city. With plenty of funfair rides, a Christmas market, Santa’s Grotto and ice skating, turn your trip into a fun weekend out.

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Edinburgh Central Waterloo Place

Edinburgh Central Rose Street

Cardiff Atlantic Wharf


Manchester Cathedral
MANCHESTER

Date: 12th November
Manchester’s Christmas light switch-on event is one of the best winter events in the city. With various food and gift stalls, a Christmas market, and winter gardens open till January, this highly anticipated day is an experience you don’t want to miss!

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Manchester Central

Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester Central Arena


Leicester Cathedral
LEICESTER

Date: 18th November
There’s no better time or place to experience the magic of Christmas than Leicester’s renowned light show. As well the big light switch-on this year, there is also an organised Festive Adventure trail that is guaranteed to pique the interest of the whole family.

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Leicester Central

Leicester City Centre

Leicester Hinckley Road


Owain Glyndwr Square
ABERYSTWYTH

Date: 4th December
The arrival of the lantern parade in Aberystwyth is something that all of the locals know well. The parade, led by Mary and Joeseph, makes its way down from St Michael’s Church to Owain Glyndwr Square. Build your lantern and watch them turn on the town Christmas tree lights in style!

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Porthmadog

Llanelli Cross Hands

St. Clears Carmarthen


Dalton Park
DURHAM

Date: 13th November
Durham’s annual Christmas event at dalton Park is in full swing this year, with plenty of exciting activities. The first day marks the start of the festivities, including the light switch on, festive food markets, and a special event where you can see Santa walking through the shopping centre. Stores in the centre also close late, so make sure to get that last-minute gift shopping done then!

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Durham

Chester-le-Street

Washington A1(M) Northbound


High Street
THAME

Date: 3rd December
The festive season will be in full swing at this year’s Thame Christmas light switch on. The town event will have activities for all of the family, such as a Santa’s Grotto, gift stalls, refreshments, carol singing and much more. Don’t miss out on this evening of festive entertainment!

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Thame

Oxford Wheatley

Aylesbury