What’s on: Christmas lights switch-ons across Lincolnshire 2016

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The nights are dark, hats and scarves are needed just to take the bins out… it’s definitely nearly Christmas!

The team at Lincolnshire Reporter have searched for the biggest Christmas lights switch-ons across the county.

Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter


Entertainment for kids at the St Mark's event. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnshire Reporter

Entertainment for kids at the St Mark’s event. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnshire Reporter

St Mark’s Square

  • When: Thursday, November 17, 6.30pm
  • Where: St Mark’s, Lincoln

Almost Olly – an Olly Murs tribute act – will entertain the crowds at the shopping centre before the cast of Lincoln Drill Hall’s Beauty and the Beast will do the honours of switching on the lights across the centre.

Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Lincoln High Street

  • When: Thursday, November 17, 7pm
  • Where: Lincoln High Street

Atomic Kitten star and former Queen of the Jungle in ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!’, Kerry Katona and Paralympian Sophie Wells will perform the main switch-on.



Photo: Brigg Town Council

  • When: Friday, December 2, 5pm-8.30pm
  • Where: Brigg town centre

The Christmas lights will be switched on by local school pupils,who are winners of a Christmas Colouring Competition.

The town will be filled with craft and charity fundraising stalls that provide all the sounds and smells of Christmas.



  • When: Thursday, November 24, 7pm
  • Where: Grimsby town centre

The event will see the main town lights switch-on as well as a host of other extras, including: a visit from Santa, reindeers, a funfair, donkeys, a parade, market stalls and more.


A model of the Mayflower.

A model of the Mayflower, which is part of the switch on event

  • When: Thursday, November 24, 6.30pm
  • Where: Boston town centre

The display will build on last year’s event, which saw a “magical” illuminated parade of giant-sized Pilgrims, a model of the Mayflower and local children waving illuminated waves and fish they had made.



  • When: Sunday, November 27, 10am-6pm
  • Where: Stamford High Street, Ironmonger Street, Broad Street, Red Lion Square, and Sheep Market

The popular traditional Stamford Christmas Festival will be returning to the heart of the town.

To add to the festive spirit there will be entertainment galore throughout the day including festive Punch and Judy shows, school choirs, Santa’s Grotto, real reindeers, a children’s fun fair and, of course, culminating with the Christmas lights switch-on.


Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

Gainsborough Town Centre

  • When: Friday, November 18, 7pm
  • Where: Gainsborough town centre

An event spreading throughout the town all day on Friday evening this year will see two stage areas with entertainment every half an hour plus big headline acts and an exciting guest hosting the countdown.


Marshall’s Yard

  • When: Friday, November 18, 8pm
  • Where: Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough

You can enjoy fairground rides, free horse and carriage rides, free face painting, food and craft stalls, stilt walkers and plenty more wonderful attractions.


Photo: Steve Smailes for Lincolnshire Reporter

  • When: Saturday, November 26, 9am-4.30pm
  • Where: Scunthorpe town centre

The light switch-on event will see a day of activities and entertainment for the whole family.

There will be a special Christmas market with traditional Victorian rides and games.

There will be a wide variety of stalls including mulled wine, German sausage, bespoke wooden crafts, traditional sweets, candles, cakes, Christmas decorations and books – just to name a few.


Photo: Hildreds Centre

Photo: Hildreds Centre

  • When: Thursday, November 24, 7pm
  • Where: Hildreds Shopping Centre, Skegness

The Skegness Christmas switch-on starts at 6pm with entertainment from Lisa Jay’s Stage Institute, carol singers and street entertainers.

The Christmas parade will start at 6.20pm and will leave Briar Way opposite the market, travel down High Street and along Lumley Road to the stage by the town Christmas Tree.


Photo: Louth Independent Traders

Photo: Louth Independent Traders

  • When: Sunday, November 27, 10am -4pm
  • Where: Louth town centre

Come and join in with the festivities at this wonderful event, meet probably the world’s Biggest Santa and browse around over 70 stalls.

Listen to the choir and be there for the Christmas tree light switch-on at 3.30pm.

Do you know of any other Christmas light switch-ons taking place in the county? Email us at [email protected]

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