Wellingborough Christmas Lights Switch On

The fun begins at 1pm as reindeer await company, queues start to form for the snow globe and Steve the juggler entertains crowds. Local charity Niamh’s Next Step‘s provide face painting and tombola and Home Start have lucky dip and a ‘Name the Doll’ stall where the winner can win a doll and a pram. 

Delighted that Christian Day from Northampton All Saints is attending. He will be presenting two pairs of tickets donated by Niamh’s Next Step for an All Saints match to a couple of lucky winners!

Castello Lounge is holding a stall just outside selling mulled wine and mince pies! Inside they will be making festive hot chocolates and milkshakes. They also have a kids’ themed craft table to keep them entertained throughout the day.

At 2.30pm, the  Northamptonshire School of Music troupe is followed by the All Hallows Church choir. Vivacious duo, Liz and Mark from Connect FM, are back with a stage performance at 3.30pm where local performers, tribute acts Whitney Houston & Tina Turner and the cast of the Wizard of Oz keep the crowds entertained!

Line the streets at 3.45pm for the Parade at Market Street along with most of the cast of The Wizard of Oz to welcome Santa on his reindeer-pulled sleigh. 

Lucky winners can also win family tickets, donated by The Castle Theatre, for their Wizard of Oz Christmas show. The grand finale of the Lights Switch-on at 6.15pm sees the town lit by fireworks and lovely Xmas lights to mark the start of the Christmas period.

Lots happening in the town: satisfy your shopping urge at The Hind’s indoor Christmas Fair or wind your way to the Market Square to browse at the Christmas Market. Visit Santa in his grotto at The Hind, followed by a children’s Disco. Visit The Museum for their popular Christmas craft workshop for children or book a Christmas Wreath workshop at Rockabilly Rose. 

All this on Saturday, the 25th November: See you there! 

The winners of the Pride of Wellingborough awards will be announced on the day. Thank you for voting for your favourite business amongst the top five finalists. 

If you would like to join the Christmas parade by bringing you very own Toto along, please let us know by emailing