There’s something magical and exciting about seeing all the Christmas lights switch on for the first time against the dark night’s sky. Here’s a listing of all (I think) of Devon’s Christmas Lights Switch On events this year.
If you know of any more switch on events that aren’t included then please let me know: email@example.com
You might also be interested in my Glowing Christmas Light Trails & Illuminations 2021 post.
Jump ahead to
Thursday 18 November
Entertainment from 4pm
Switch on at 6:20pm
Friday 19 November
6pm to 9pm
The city centre will sparkle extra brightly this festive season with a new and spectacular display of Christmas lights switched on by the stars of Plymouth’s health service – local NHS staff.
There will be an exciting programme of free, family-friendly entertainment to enjoy on stage in the Piazza from 4pm. Enjoy performances of carols and popular Christmas songs from local groups and choirs and Plymouth Party Princesses will also take to the stage, bringing their signature touch of magic to proceedings followed by funk, soul and blues band Joey The Lips.
Friday 19 November, the stage on the Piazza will host Street Factory’s Roots Up! Hip Hop festival from 6pm to 9pm. With DJs, dance, rapping, b-boying and poetry, the thrilling production celebrates Hip Hop culture and is free for everyone to enjoy.
Thursday 18 November 2021 –
No public event this year so no official switch on time.
I’ve linked it to Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market which is always great.
Friday 19th November
Welcome the start of the festive season with the Christmas Light Switch On in South Molton in aid of North Devon Hospice. Soundwave Radio will be playing tunes in the square from 5pm and there will be a great selection of street food sellers in the market. We are delighted to announce that the amazing local fund raiser, Jade Kingdom, has been invited to switch the lights on and we have heard that Father Christmas will be there too!
Saturday 20 November
There will be no big celebrity “switch on”, as the lights will appear when each trader switches on their lights.
Come and experience a great day in Torquay town centre.
Father Christmas arriving in Fleet Walk. Once lit the town centre Christmas lights will stay lit for six weeks – 24 hours a day.
Saturday 20 November
From 4pm Switch-on at 5.45pm
Come along to see our magnificent Christmas lights turned on in an evening of entertainment, food & drink.
Organised by Tavistock Improvement District (BID), the event gets underway at 4pm. The lights will be switched on at 5:45pm. On the night you can expect music, comedy, street entertainment, carol singing, mulled wine and street food
Thursday 25 November 2021
5pm to 8pm
Friday 26th November
4pm – 6pm.
4pm-7pm: Fore Street will be closed from the Station Road roundabout to the junction with Holman Way;
4.15pm: People start to gather outside Matthews Hall. There will be food and drink to buy plus entertainment before the clock strikes 5!
5pm: Our magical Christmas Lights will be switched on and the Big Procession will move off down Fore Street;
5.45m (approx): The incredibly talented Exeter & Exmouth Drum & Pipe Band will lead everyone to the Quay. The Lighter Inn will be open for more drinks and food.
Friday 26th November
4:30pm – 6pm
On Saturday 27th November and Sunday 28th November 2021, (following our light switch on Friday 26th November) we will be holding our Christmas street market which will feature a range of stalls. As well as the street market there will be fun activities taking place on the Lawn in the centre of Dawlish, with Father Christmas making a traditional appearance on the Sunday.
Saturday 27th November
Switch on at 6pm
Tiverton will once again be lit up for the 2021 festive season, with the Christmas lights switch-on event scheduled to take place on Saturday 27th November 2021. The countdown to the switch-on will commence at 6pm. We are excited this year to have Radio Exe hosting the event.
Saturday 27 November
12pm-6pm Switch on 5:20
This year’s Christmas lights switch-on at The Barbican and Sutton Harbour is going to be full of Christmas magic! With a packed programme of festive fun, entertainment and free hands-on activities for all the family to enjoy. Brought to you by Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, the day will start at 12pm until 6pm.
12pm to 4.30pm | Santa’s Grotto at Quay Square.
12pm to 4pm | Santa’s Workshop to make their Christmas Crowns and Snowflakes, at the Barbican Theatre,.*
12pm to 4pm | Decorating a Christmas bauble biscuit, at the Barbican Theatre.*
12pm to 5pm | Face painting, from the Tourist Information Centre.
12pm to 4pm (running every hour) | Christmas storytelling with hot chocolate, at The Maritime Inn.
12pm to 5pm | Reindeer rodeo ride and giant snow globe – it’s the perfect spot for a snowy selfie! Southside Street.
12pm to 5.30pm | A full programme of Christmas choirs and performances from: Starlines Drama School, Ocean City Sounds, Holy Cross Primary, Mayflower A Cappella Chorus, Plym Kids, Stage Stars and Italia Conti.
12pm to 6pm | Merry-go-round ride, West Pier
1.30pm to 4pm | The Grinch will be making an appearance, lurking around the cobbled streets and alleyways of The Barbican, trying to steal the spirit of Christmas!
4.30pm to 5.15pm | Christmas Parade Starting at the Tourist Information Centre and heading up Southside Street, finishing at the grotto. Everyone is welcome to join the Christmas parade led by the Barbican Theatre’s giant 7m elf puppet and accompanied by the junk band. Don’t forget to wear your elf costume!
5.20pm | The Lord Mayor of Plymouth will be joined by Santa and a special guest, who will be the local Community Hero, nominated by the people of Plymouth.
(*Please note, there are stairs to climb due to lift being out of action. We apologise for this inconvenience and will do are best to accommodate those that are affected, by providing additional crowns and snowflakes for the parade.)
From 27 November 2021 to 1 January 2022, the 12 ‘Displays’ of Christmas trail will be available. Walk or cycle along Plymouth’s stunning Waterfront, to find the 12 winter wonderland LED displays. Download the free Plymouth Trails App from your app store, and follow the map.
Christmas Shopping and Festivities
The Barbican has a wonderful selection of shops and galleries, helping you to find that perfect Christmas gift, or maybe some tasty festive treats. Businesses are able to join in a Best Dressed Christmas Window Display competition, so while you are strolling the cobbled streets take a look at the brilliant creative displays. It’s also a great place to take on some refreshments, with a wide choice of top places to eat and drink, from locally caught fish and chips, to zingy cocktails, you will find something delicious to suit all tastes.
Saturday 27th November
10am – 10pm
What’s on at this years Brixham Lanterns, Lights & illuminations?
10.00am – Market stalls, stilt walkers, and more!
10.30am – Best Christmas dressed Do
11.30am – Project Performers – Torbay
12.30pm – Furzeham Primary and Nursery School Choir
1.20pm – Emma Pick Musician
2.45pm – TomBeattie
4.15pm – Sam & The Strings
4.45pm – Parade assembles near The Prince William, Brixham
5.00pm – Lantern Parade with ROC Samba (United Response)
6.00pm – Light switch on with Santa followed by Fireworks
6.30pm – The MorZim
Saturday 27 November
Switch on 5pm
Sunday 28th November
Entrance fee: £5 per car at the Visitor Centre after 3 pm. All proceeds to RNLI
The Christmas lights turn on is a magical time in Clovelly. Starting at 3:30 pm in the afternoon, a local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour, with festive Christmas carols sung along the way. After the Carol Service, the switch is thrown and the entire village and harbour lights up. It’s a fantastic sight! Then there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off the festivities.
There’ll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station. Then, Father Christmas will make a surprise visit!
(Please note that it would not be good to bring your dogs along with you too as the sound, flashes and smells of fireworks trigger their nervous system and can make them very stressful)
Friday 3 December
Christmas light switch on plus a visit from Father Christmas and other Christmas related activities. further details to follow but it will be a ticketed event this year.
Saturday 4 December 2021,
3pm to 6pm Switch on around 4pm
Fabulous Festive Fun!
Bovey’s Christmas Street Fayre is back!
Come and join us from 3pm to 6pm when Fore Street will be filled with gift and craft stalls, street food, mulled wine, kiddie rides and Christmas carols. Father Christmas will be waiting in his grotto to receive your Christmas wish list and the lights on the tree will be switched on to a countdown by the crowd around 4pm.
Christmas comes but once a year so don’t miss this wonderful Christmas event. ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Ho ho ho.
Sunday 5 December