Christmas starts here! Family fun at the Scunthorpe Christmas Light Switch On

Council News
09:36, Monday, 20th November 2023

Christmas comes to Scunthorpe town centre on Saturday 25 November, with an action-packed day of free family entertainment and special guests launching the festive season with a bang!

The entertainment begins at 12pm in Queen Elizabeth Gardens at Church Square with the Jingle Jam – a brand new event for 2023.

Hosted by Mrs Claus, the jam will see local arts, drama, school and musical groups showcasing their talents on the Switch On stage.

At 3.30pm Viking FM take over with games and festive prizes up for grabs and at 4.30pm breakfast show presenters Alex and Nicola will be counting down to the big switch on at 5.30pm, with a special guest appearance from Scunthorpe pantomime legend, Dame Annie Fanny.

Drone photograph of Scunthorpe's Christmas Light Switch On, showing crowds, a stage and St John's Church illuminated

The countdown to Scunthorpe’s Christmas Light Switch On is go!

With more than 2,000 free car parking spaces available across Scunthorpe town centre, everyone will be able to enjoy the festivities.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Our all-day Christmas Lights Switch On event is filled to the brim with festive cheer. There are so many family-friendly activities taking place across the town centre before the switch on, so make sure you come down early and enjoy everything on offer.

“With all-day free parking on a Saturday in the town centre, it’s a great chance to shop local, pick up those stocking fillers and support Scunthorpe’s retailers.”

As well as the Christmas shopping, there will be fun fair rides in the high street from 10am until 7.30pm and appearances from walkabout puppets Hodman and Sally, the Snow Sisters and Elf on the Shelf as well as Annie Fanny and the Beauty and the Beast panto cast.

Photo of Luma - a giant glowing snail

Meet Luma, the giant glowing snail, at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Luma, the beautiful nine metre long glowing snail will be visiting 20-21 Visual Arts Centre as part of their special glow up exhibition ‘Bright, Seen, Safe’, which features hundreds of high visibility peg people designed by members of the local community. The arts centre will be open until 6.30pm and will be running festive craft sessions with Christmas food and drinks available in the café.

The family fun also heads to St John’s Market, with the Food Court extending its opening to 7pm. The Rock Choir will be performing throughout the day, alongside children’s entertainers, arts and crafts sessions, a Christmas garden display and a festive tombola for shoppers to enjoy.

On top of this Scunthorpe Central Library will be open until 6.30pm and will be running children’s activities throughout the afternoon based on Beauty and the Beast, including drop in crafts and an escape room (booking essential – see the North Lincolnshire Libraries Facebook page).

There will also be supersized chess, draughts and quoits, a football table plus a quiet area for adults and children with sensory needs.

Details about all car parks are available on our website.

Click here for information of Christmas Light Switch On events taking place in communities across North Lincolnshire.