What’s on: Christmas light switch-ons in Milton Keynes


There’s a strict rule in my household that the Christmas season is not allowed to begin until we witness the Christmas light switch-on in our local town. It’s always a fun, family event. Wrapping up in hat, scarves and gloves and bundling out into the cold to see Christmas come to life. Normally switch-ons are accompanied with music, Christmas stalls and lots of activities or rides for the children. Here’s your guide to the Christmas light switch-ons in Milton Keynes:

Friday 13th November
Centre:MK, Central Milton Keynes
Join the cast of Aladdin from Milton Keynes Theatre and breakfast presenters from Heart FM for the  official lighting of the Christmas tree in Queens Court and Christmas lights throughout the centre:mk. Switch on will be at 5.00pm in Queens Court and there will be choirs, music and even the promise of real snow. Wow. (Santa will always be arriving and then making his way to Middleton Hall for the opening of the grotto and display in Middleton Hall).

Friday 13th November
Intu Shopping Centre (Formally Midsummer Place) Central Milton Keynes
There’s a fun filled afternoon planned over at intu shopping centre with lots of activities on offer for children to enjoy. From 3pm-7pm children are invited to the ‘write a letter to Santa’ workshop, throw a snowball games and there’ll be face painting on offer to, all accompanied with music from local radio station MKFM. Children will even get to meet their favourite mascots, including Bobby Bubbles and Gulliver’s Land’s Gully and Gilly (and friends). Christmas lights will be switched on at 5.30pm

Saturday 28th November
Stony Stratford
Stony Stratford high street becomes a hive of activity for the infamous annual Christmas light switch-on. There’s a funfair, Christmas stalls and lots of live entertainment throughout the day. The annual lantern procession which commences from York House, London Road will start at 4.15pm and ends with the light switch-on at 5.00pm.

Saturday 28th November
Newport Pagnell
Not to be outdone by Stony, Newport Pagnell’s Christmas switch-on is set to be their biggest yet. With a huge array of stalls selling handmade local produce, refreshments and live entertainment. With raffles available too, you could win something amazing for Christmas.

Sunday 29th November
Theatre District, Central Milton Keynes
Time TBC
The Christmas fun family event at the Theatre District is set to be a star studded affair. With local talent from hit shows like The X Factor and The Voice performing and even our own European Cheerleader champions showing us their best moves. Local primary school choirs will also be on hand to melt even the coldest Grinch hearts.

Sunday 6th December
Santa will be arriving on a motorbike to Bletchley this December with a very special competition winner to light up the town centre. Lots of Christmas stalls and entertainment is on offer from 2.00pm until 6.00pm including a lantern parade!

Have I missed a Christmas light switch-on in MK or surrounding area? Just email me and I’ll add it to the list