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Christmas Lights Switch On

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The proper countdown to Christmas begins in Kingston on Thursday 15 November when the Christmas lights are switched on and the Christmas Market opens.

Come and celebrate with live music and entertainment throughout the town centre, then gather around the tree on Clarence Street for 6.00pm as Kingston illuminates into a festive wonderland.

3.30pm, Kingston Library

Did you know that the River Thames used to freeze over and people would ice skate on it?

You’ll be able to celebrate this frosty tradition by making your own snowman decoration at the Museum, then get cosy for some festive stories in the Library.
Suitable for ages 3-7, £3.00 per child.

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From 3.30pm, Eden Walk Shopping Centre

This year’s Lights Switch On at Eden Walk celebrates the Rose Theatre’s festive production, Hansel & Gretel.

Little ones can enjoy free cookie decorating and face painting, meet the Gingerbread Man and have their photograph taken in the enchanted photo booth. Plus, there’ll be live music from Soul Beat.


Crafts from 4.30pm, Meet the characters from 6.15pm, Bentall Centre

Ahead of the big switch on, Bentall Centre invite little ones to a fun model-making workshop to make their own characters from the movie Ice Age!

Plus, Sid and Scrat will be waiting for you to take photos with them and celebrate the beginning of the most exciting time of the year.

5pm, All Saints Church

Head to All Saints Church for a special family service before the Christmas Lights Switch On, followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows.

Free Churros at Frangos

Bring your family along to the legendary Frangos for a night of good times and great food on the Light Switch On evening. For every platter purchased you’ll get a portion of delicious churros with a dulce de leche dip completely free! Valid for 15 November only

2 for 1 Pancakes, Waffles & Milkshakes at Ultimate Cafe

Head to the Ultimate Cafe at Ultimate Outdoors on Thames Street and fill up with some delicious sweet treats! A special offer exclusively for Lights Switch On evening, Pancakes, Waffles and Milkshakes are all buy one get one free on Thursday 15 November. 

Two-course Set Menu from £15.99 at TGI Fridays

TGI's Double glazed burger, legendary ribs and Californian chicken club sandwich all feature on their brilliant set menu deal starting from just £15.99!

Kids Eat Free at Las Iguanas

Kids Eat Free when they bring an adult! Each grown up ordering a main meal from the a la carte menu can claim a free niños meal which includes a main, 2 sides and dessert from the kids menu. T&Cs apply, offer only available on 15 November in Las Iguanas Kingston.

Monsoon's Xmas Lights Switch on Event

Join Monsoon on Clarence Street for prosecco and mince pies to celebrate the Christmas Lights Switch On. Prosecco will be served from 16:00 onwards, and soft drinks and mince pies will be available throughout the day. There'll also be goodie bags for customers containing a Gift With Purchase for transactions over £50.

Complimentary Photo and Print from Snappy Snaps Kingston

Enjoy having your family photo taken by the Snappy Snaps Kingston team, on Church Street by Accessorize, then pop into the store the following day to collect your FREE PRINT at 5 Union Street.

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