North Lincolnshire Council

Let the festivities begin at Scunthorpe Christmas Lights Switch On

Tourism, Museums and The Arts
16:20, Tuesday, 26th November 2019

The 2019 Scunthorpe Christmas Lights Switch On is taking place on Saturday 30 November throughout the town centre.

The all-day event will start at 10am and residents are invited to help kick-start the magical Christmas festivities in North Lincolnshire.

Viking FM’s presenters Alex and Ellie will host the lights switch-on in Church Square from 3.30pm with entertainment from ‘The Ed Team’, a highly authentic tribute to Ed Sheeran and local singer-songwriters Chloey Rose and Rachel Makena – plus a children’s entertainer.

The lights will be switched on at 5pm by the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Cllr Jonathan Evison and popular pantomime dame Annie Fanny. The sky will then be lit up with a spectacular firework display.

New for this year’s switch-on event is FoodFest, a festive food market along Scunthorpe High Street, offering a wide range of hot food and local produce from 11am to 7pm. Stalls include hog roast, yorkshire pudding wraps, crepes, donuts, barbecue sausages and bacon, and cakes.

This follows the huge success of the first ever FoodFest that was held in Crowle at the beginning of the month.

In Church Square, there will be fairground rides and a giant snow globe can be found between Scunthorpe Central and Oldrids where families can have their photo taken. There will also be a craft and gift market on the High Street.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre will be running festive-themed craft activities for families to get involved in.

At the Engineering UTC, students will be demonstrating the lathe machines by making small Christmas trees; the engineering teacher will be using the lathe machines to produce 3D Christmas trees that people can construct themselves; and people can get involved in a STEM activity.

Father Christmas will be paying a special visit to Scunthorpe and you’ll find him in his grotto in Oldrids department store on Saturdays from 30 November and The Foundry on Sundays from 1 December in the run up to Christmas, supported by Scunthorpe Lions Club.

At the grottos, children will be able to post a letter to Santa. A personal letter replying will be available for collection two days later.

In The Foundry, Viking FM will be there from 2pm and will switch their lights on at 4pm. The Foundry will be looking after Father Christmas’ reindeer in the afternoon, which families can go and see. 

The Christmas fun will continue in The Parishes with face painting, Christmas stilt walkers, a Gingerbread Man mascot, Disney Frozen characters, Elsa and Olaf, a Christmas LED hula hoop act and an ‘Elf on the Shelf’ trail.