Hot Lists Friday, November 15th Words by: Adam Knight, pictures by: Illustration by Adam Knight/Pixabay, Giphy

Christmas Lights switch ons - all the Whens, Wheres and Whos

Hot Lists Friday, November 15th

Christmas Lights switch ons - all the Whens, Wheres and Whos

Depending on what town you live in, that experience can vary wildly from huddling for warmth while you wait to catch a glimpse of S Club 7 flipping the switch – without doubt, one of the Top Five seven-piece pop groups of the 90s – to Dickensian morris dancing and, this is true, medieval re-enactments.

Every town is different, but - wherever you are - as soon those bulbs (hopefully) flicker in to life, and that warm, fuzzy feeling creeps over you, it becomes official – you are now allowed to sing Christmas songs around the house, guilt-free.

Unless you were in Hereford, in which case you will likely spend most of December trying to get ‘Bring it all Back’ out of your head.  

Here is where, when and how you can watch the lights go on across Herefordshire.


Hereford City Centre 

Sunday, November 20 | High Town | Free

Two members of S Club 7 - Jo and Brad for the fans out there - will be in High Town press the button/pull the switch/lift the lever which switches on Hereford City Centre's gorgeous Christmas lights.

The big moment will be around 5pm, although there will be live music and entertainment from 3pm.


Hereford Old Market 

Saturday November 19 | Hereford Old Market | Free

There will already be a bit of festive lighting on when Brad and Jo rock in to town on the Sunday as, across Newmarket Street, the Old Market are having their own switch-on on the Saturday.

There will be a load of live music at the new shopping hub going on from 3pm until 7.15pm, with Santa himself doing the honours.




Saturday November 26 | New Street & Church Street | Free

There are going to be two switch-ons of sorts in Ledbury as well, although both will be on the same Saturday.

On New Street things will go all a bit Dickensian for the day with a Victorian Christmas Market and Wytchwood morris dancing outside the Talbot Hotel at 3.30pm and 6pm. While there will be another Christmas celebration on Church Street, with a fayre and the ever-popular Santa for kids to visit. 

Timing for the big switch-on is still to be confirmed, but if you keep an eye on the Ledbury Town Council Facebook page here it should be announced soon.



Saturday November 19 | High Street | Free

With the reputation as the best display in Herefordshire, Bromyard has a tradition of putting on a great set of illuminations and 2, 500 people packed in to town for the switch on last year.

Their lights are so good, they have their own website - - where you can read up on the day's extensive programme. The big moment comes at 5pm, this year courtesy of local luminary Bill Holden.



Sunday November 20  | High Street/ Market House | Free

It's a Sunday Funday organised by Ross Town Council this year. There are going to be live reindeer (!) on High Street and the Beefy Boys' legendary burgers - although we're hoping the two attractions aren't related.

The Christmas Fayre runs from 11am - 5pm, with a Santa's Grotto from midday. Santa will shut up shop around 3:45pm, just in time to watch the lights come on at 4pm.


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 Friday November 25 | Castle Square | Free

Helping kick off the 'Winter Weekend' in Hay - which also features a bitesize version of Hay's famed literary festival, a food festival on the Saturday and vintage fayre ont he Sunday - the Christmas lights switch on will happen on Friday in the middle of town.

To help bring out a few festive feels, the community choir will be singing in the season - with the lights usually turned on around 6pm (call 01497 820144 for more info).



 Saturday November 26 | Free

Staying out West, Kington lights up the following day in conjunction with its own, annual and always-popular food festival. Again the official Turn On Time is TBC, but you can call Kington's Tourist Information closer to the event on 01544 230778 to find that out.


And now, perhaps the most creative use of Christmas lights known to man...




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