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The proper countdown to Christmas begins in Kingston on Thursday 14 November when the lights are switched on and the Christmas market opens. 

Come and celebrate with lots of special events and entertainment throughout the town for all the family.


6pm, Clarence Street

Come and get into the festive spirit with with entertainment throughout the town centre from 4.30pm including a traditional brass band, light-up drummers and balloon-modelling stilt-walkers.

We've also got a packed scheduled of entertainment on stage from 5pm with local singing groups, dancers, and performances from the cast of Rose Theatre's Snow Queen.

The lights will be officially turned on at 6pm with a little bit of snow magic by the Snow Queen herself!


Starting at 5pm, the Stage Line Up Includes:

Local duo Days are Done
Illuminated ballet dancers
LED drummers
Performances from the cast of Rose Theatre's Snow Queen
Traditional brass band Borough Brass
and the South London Military Wives Choir

Plus, a very special competition giveaway with the chance to win an iPad, family ticket to Rose Theatre's Snow Queen, and a family ticket to Bentalls' new Santa's Grotto experience



From 3.30pm, Eden Walk Shopping Centre

There’s plenty of free festive activities for all the family at Eden Walk. Little ones can enjoy making baubles and elf hats in Santa’s workshop, free face painting and meet Santa and his elves!

There’s also live music from Soul Beat, an elf magician and you can have your photograph taken in the themed photobooth.

Christmas Lights Switch On Family Service

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


4-5pm, Kingston Library & Museum

Take the children to Kingston Library and Kingston Museum for winter-themed crafts and storytelling, perfect for getting into the festive spirit.

For ages 4-7. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £3 per child.

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Complimentary Photo and Print

from 4pm, Alpine Village

Have your family photo taken by the Snappy Snaps Kingston team in Alpine Village, then pop into the store the following day to collect your FREE PRINT at 5 Union Street.

20% off 

4-8pm, Clarence Street

To help get your festive shopping started, Oasis are offering a special 20% discount for the evening of the Christmas Lights Switch On. Offer applies to full priced stock only.

20% off 

Clarence Street

There’s 20% off everything at Cass Art Kingston on Thursday 14 November. Cass Art stocks a fantastic range of the world’s best art materials at guaranteed lowest prices, and their staff artists provide friendly, expert advice on all your creative projects. Visit The Art Space, located on the first floor, for workshops for all ages and inspiring exhibitions that support the local artist community. Find out more at

15% off food

1-6pm, Riverside Walk

Dine at Chakra in the afternoon before the lights switch on and receive a 15% discount off food.

Hot Chocolate & Cake for £5

Anytime before 6pm, High Street

The Rose Café will be celebrating the Kingston Christmas light switch on with a warming offer of a hot chocolate and slice of cake for £5.  Come in out of the cold any time up to 6pm on Thursday 14 November in the Rose Café.

Free Hair Tinsel

Griffin Centre

Wonderland Hair & Beauty will be offering free hair tinsel to get you into the festive spirit! They'll be available in twelve colours. 

10% off your food bill

Bentall Centre

Maison du Mezze are offering 10% off your food bill! T&Cs apply - see in branch for details. 

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