Newbury BID announce Christmas Lights Switch-On Festival

The event is being transformed into a day-long festival of activities and entertainment for 2021

Newbury Business Improvement District (BID) is delighted to announce that the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event will be extended into a day-long festival of free workshops, activities and entertainment for the first time this year.

On Saturday 20th November, local families and residents are invited to come and spend the day in Newbury town centre for a whole host of festive fun. Between 10am and 5pm, visitors can enjoy a full programme of over 20 free festive activities at select venues across the town centre. From 5pm, live entertainment and performances will occupy a screened stage in the Market Place in the lead- up to the highly anticipated Christmas Lights Switch-On. Frozen ice-queen sisters will be on stage to ‘let it go’ post switch-on and the live music and performances will continue until 9pm.

Newbury BID, the not-for-profit organisation behind the Visit Newbury brand, is confident that the day’s programme of free family activities, including cookie decorating, Christmas wreath making, character meet and greets, and pop-up choirs, will help enhance Newbury’s festive offering more so than ever before, only strengthened by their recently announced three-day Victorian Christmas Fayre.

The free family friendly try-out activities and workshops, as confirmed so far by Newbury BID, are as follows*:

Family Panto Workshop at Newbury Town Hall
Santa’s Grotto at Parkway
Festive Papercraft and Decopatch Drop-In Workshops at The Globe’s Garden Family Christmas Songs Workshop at Hogan Music
Christmas Card Printing at Camp Hopson**

Alternative Kitch Christmas Wreath at The Dolphin pub
Christmas Tree Decoration Workshop at The Ugly Duckling
Christmas Cupcake and Cookie Decorating with Colline’s Kitchen at Waterside Centre

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Christmas Bath Bomb Painting at House of Bubbles, Kennet Shopping

Make Your Own Christmas Cards Workshop at The Works, Kennet Shopping

The Great Cider Mull Off with local cider makers at The Catherine Wheel

The Great British Beer Off Competition at The Spare Wheel

Jewellery Making Workshop at Kreationz, Kennet Shopping

Try-Out High Score Activity Machine in the Market Place

Try-Out Fitness Classes at bstFitness – free entry all day for gym, sauna and swimming pool

Try-Out Mario Kart, Fastest Lap Competition at CEX, Kennet Shopping

Teddy Bear Treasure Hunt at Bas ‘n’ Books, Kennet Shopping

Christmas Colouring Competition at Boswell’s, Kennet Shopping

Name the Cuddly Puppy Competition at Hallmark, Kennet Shopping

And if all that isn’t enough to get you in the festive spirit, classic children’s characters will be visiting Newbury town centre once again, following the success of Newbury BID’s summer Family Fun Days.

Meet the Grinch and a Frozen princess at Barry Forkin-Toomers between 3pm and 4:30pm. Newbury Town Council will also be offering tours of the Town Hall on the day of the festival. Children can also take advantage of Parkway Shopping’s Christmas train ride for a small charge.

Alison Drummond, Newbury BID’s Operations Manager, states:

“Our Christmas Lights Switch-On Festival is set to be the best Newbury has ever had and is yet another event we are delivering as part of a heightened festive offering for Newbury this year! We are so excited to deliver this day-long event for local residents to enjoy and we encourage everyone to take full advantage of the shops and eateries across town that will be open for business ready for you to continue the festive fun in-store on the day.

We are so thankful to all of the organisations providing their services to help create a truly special and jam-packed day in Newbury and would like to give a heartfelt shout-out to the businesses which are offering their venue on the day.”

*All times TBC and venues subject to change, please keep checking back on for updates.

** This event is due to fill up fast and has limited capacity so will be a FREE ticketed event. Please click here to book:

For a list of all events taking place in Newbury town centre and beyond, please visit:



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Newbury BID is the not-for-profit organisation behind the Visit Newbury brand, committed to the promotion, management, and development of Newbury Town Centre as a great destination to live, work, visit, and do business.

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