With November now in full swing, the impending arrival of Christmas and all it ensures is hard to ignore. This week I drove down Stony Stratford High Street to witness a big group of people erecting the Christmas lights high above the pavements of one of MK’s beloved market towns and it did give me a little buzz of excitement. What is prettier on a dark winters night than seeing your local high street alight with the colours from strings of lights and decorations? How about witnessing the official switch on? When hundreds upon thousands of local people flock out in the cold, with smiles from ear to ear  to countdown a very traditional starting point for the festive season.


Here is my guide to the Christmas Light Switch On events in Milton Keynes for 2016:

Saturday 26th November 2016
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 5pm.

Saturday 26th November 2016
Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell town centre hosts an all day event on the high street and in various other places around the traditional market town. Switch on at 5pm.

Saturday 26th November 2016
The Church of Christ the Cornerstone 
The iconic church in Central Milton Keynes invites everyone to celebrate the lighting of their huge Christmas tree that takes pride of place opposite the centre:mk shopping centre every year. There will be singing courtesy of the Cornerstone children’s choir and refreshments will be available. Switch on at 7pm. 

Sunday 27th November 2016
Woburn Sands
Woburn Sands is holding it’s annual Christmas Fayre on Sunday 27 with funfair, stalls, the Sands Singers AND the Woburn Sands Band. Even Father Christmas will be there taking visits with children. Event is from 1-5pm. Raffle draw and official switch on at 4.30pm.

Saturday 3rd December 2016
Wolverton will be bustling with it’s annual lantern parade on 3rd December. Commencing in The Square at 4.30pm. The theme for this year is ‘Horrible History’. Mulled cider and numerous other festive treats will be on offer to keep you warm and entertained from 12pm.

Saturday 3rd December 2016
Summerhayes, Great Linford 
Raising an incredible amount of money every year for local charity Willen Hospice, the residents of Summerhayes in Great Linford create a winter wonderland of Christmas lights on their residential street. Official light switch on will be at 6.30pm and there’ll even be a brass band in attendance. 

Sunday 4th December 2016
Bletchley Town Centre will be switching Christmas on starting at 2.30pm on 4th December. There will be Christmas stalls, Santa’s Grotto, games and activities, children’s rides and lantern parade. Switch on at 5.30pm. 


Friday 11th December 2016

Santa arrived on the top of the iconic shopping centre’s roof and made a grand procession up the centre:MK to take up residence in his Grotto. Christmas Tree was lit in Queens Court much to the delight of thousands of visitors who came to witness, hear the brass band and see Heart Four Counties breakfast hosts Stuart & Katy on stage with cast members from MK Theatre’s 2016 Pantomime Dick Whittington. Don’t worry if you missed out on being there, watch the video below.

Did I miss out a notable Christmas Light Switch On Event in our area? Feel free to email me at loubou@gmail.com