Christmas 2018

Festival of Lights


inSwindon BID are delighted to be hosting the FREE ‘Festival of Lights’ which is its largest Christmas campaign to date running from Saturday 17th November to 31st December.

BIG Christmas Lights Switch On - Saturday 17th November

The festival kicks off with the annual light switch on taking place on Saturday 17th November and will be headlined by the most popular British urban artist of this generation - Tinchy Stryder. Jahmene Douglas has also confirmed he will be opening the BIG Christmas Light Switch On at 5pm.

TInchy Stryder headlining at the BIG Christmas Lights Switch On
Swindon's own Soul Artist Jahmene Douglas

Swindon Town Centre is set to be illuminated with large, twinkling 3D LED installations which will also be turned on during the BIG Lights Switch On. Families will be amazed by the 3D illumination trail with the giant interactive teddy bear in The Parade, the sleigh in Havelock, giant bauble in Fleet Street and Waterfall/fountain in Theatre Square.

The official main stage goes live from 5pm in Wharf Green, featuring local performers including The Voice Kids finalist 2018 Lilia Slattery, Swindon’s ‘Tap Attack’ from Britain's Got Talent 2018, Phoebe Maddison from The Voice Kids 2018, Swindon’s Got Talent winner, Nathaniel Parker and our very own local Swindon Dance.

Lilia Slattery Phoebe Maddison Tap Attack


Throughout the day in the Swindon Town Centre, visitors and families can enjoy free entertainment. From 2pm our Christmas bouncing elves all the way from the North Pole and the mesmerising Glo Hula Hooping dancer will be around to bring festive cheers. The much-loved Santa’s Grotto and the new Santa’s Post Office at The Brunel Shopping Centre will also be open.

Christmas Bouncing Elves Glo Hula Hooping Dancer


The icing on the Christmas cake is this year’s Pop Up Christmas Artisan Market which will be in the town centre on the BIG Christmas Light Switch On day from 10am to 7pm and on various other dates in November and December.

Pop Up Christmas Artisan Markets



Saturday 17th November BIG Christmas Lights Switch On Important Times

• 2pm onwards for family entertainment from Boucing elves and Glo Hula - as above

• 5pm - 6pm Main stage show kicks off with Jahmene and local talent followed by Tinchy Stryder live set! Ben & Mel's Heart FM presenters along with Jack Frost will host the show and along with Tinchy will turn on the Swindon Town Centre's Christmas Lights!

• 6pm - Fireworks Grand Finale (dependant on weather)


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