The festive season kicks off this Sunday with lights switch-on

Published: Thu 17th November, 2022

Be ready to get festive in Loughborough as the Christmas lights will be switched on this Sunday, November 20.

The event, which is organised by Charnwood Borough Council, will include a full day of festive fun with the lights being switched on at 5pm.

The Market Place will host a wide range of stalls, food and drink stands and fairground rides from 11am and then from 1pm, a host of talented performers will be appearing on the main stage to entertain the crowds.

There will also be a giant screen above the stage to make sure everyone has a good view.

Free parking is available in the Granby Street and Beehive Lane car parks all day for the event. The event will be busy and therefore the car parks may fill up fast.

The lights will be switched on at 5pm by nine-year-old sisters Katie and Emelia Corns from Loughborough, the winners of the council’s recent Light up Loughborough competition.

Local radio company, Fosse 107 will be hosting the stage at the year’s switch-on.

The Sock Gallery in Loughborough Town Hall will be hosting a Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair from 11am-5pm on the day of the Christmas lights switch-on.

It will include a range of exciting stalls selling handmade products of the highest quality from talented makers both locally and nationally. Find out more on their website.

The main stage will come alive from 1pm with Sing It Happy opening the performances for the day.

The running order for the stage is:

  • 1.00pm - Sing It Happy                                              
  • 1.25pm - St Botolphs Primary School                      
  • 1.45pm - Jonezy                                                          
  • 2.15pm - Lough Schools Foundation Sax and Flutes     
  • 2.45pm - Bright Lights Theatre School                   
  • 3.05pm - Spider-man and Princess Elsa                  
  • 3.10pm - Ruth Chomik                                               
  • 3.35pm - LSU Classical Concert Band                     
  • 4.10pm - Pauline Quirke Academy                         
  • 4.25pm - Sarah Clarke                                                
  • 4.45pm - Loughborough Town Hall Panto cast       
  • 5.00pm - Christmas Lights Switch-On                    
  • 5.05pm - LSU Tuxedo Swing Band (until 5.45pm)

Please note that stage times and acts are subject to change. 

Princess Elsa, from the popular Disney film, Frozen and Spider-man will be meeting the crowd in the market place from 3pm until 5pm.

More information about this year’s lights switch-on event can be found on the Council's dedicated webpage.

Send us your photos from the switch-on using the hashtag #LboroLights22 on Twitter @CharnwoodBC or commenting on the Council's Facebook page.