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Chesterfield Christmas Lights Switch On and Market

Chesterfield Christmas Lights Switch on and Market

Residents and visitors can get into the festive spirit as Chesterfield’s annual Christmas Lights Switch On returns for 2021.

It will be bigger and better than ever – with a variety of entertainers performing throughout the day and a market that will allow shoppers to grab a Christmas bargain.

The event takes place on Sunday 21 November from 12 noon to early evening, with the switch on happening at 4.45pm.

The stage show will be held in New Square and there will be a variety of different performers including choirs, dancing robots and children’s characters.

Chesterfield Christmas Lights Switch on and Market is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council


Chesterfield Christmas Lights Switch On Entertainment

Main Stage (New Square) – 3pm – 5.15pm
Hosted by Laura and Becky

The Rose Choir – 3.10 pm
Baja Band – 3.45 pm
Glow Jugglers – 4.05 pm
Meet the Panto Stars – 4.15 pm
Build up to the lights Switch on – 4.35 pm
Lights Switch on – 4.45 pm
The Gospel Choir – 4.50 pm

Rykneld Square (Outside Visitor Information Centre)

The Minions appearing at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Market Hall

The Rose Choir – 2pm – 2.25pm

Central Pavement

Sheffield Brass Band – 12.50pm – 1.10pm &2.10pm – 2.30pm

Gospel Choir – 3pm – 3.20pm

Burlington Street

Pantonic All Stars Steel Orchestra – 12.00pm-12.45pm, 1.45pm-2.30pm & 3.15pm-4.00pm

Walkabout Entertainment Around the Market Area

Band Baja – 12.30pm – 12.45pm & 2.30pm – 2.45pm

Glow Jugglers – 4.35pm – 5.00pm & 5.25pm – 5.50pm

Christmas Tree Stilt Walker – 12noon – 12.45pm, 1.15pm – 2pm, 2.30pm – 3.15pm & 3.45pm – 4.30pm

Dancing robots – 3.30pm – 4pm, 4.15pm – 4.45pm & 5pm – 5.30pm

Winged Angel – 2pm – 2.45pm, 3pm – 3.45pm, 4.15pm – 5pm & 5.15pm – 6pm

LED Drummers – 4pm – 4.30pm & 5pm – 5.30pm

This programme is subject to last minute changes


Chesterfield Market at Christmas

Christmas Lights Switch On Market

A market will run alongside this event in the Market Square and the Market Hall will be open so shoppers can start picking up presents from local businesses.

Market stalls are available to book for this event, these can be booked for £15 by visiting:  www.chesterfield.gov.uk/markettrading


You can also explore The Festival of Christmas Trees at the Crooked Spire Church and make a day of it exploring Chesterfield this Christmas.

The Christmas Lights Switch On is a key element of the Christmas in Chesterfield campaign which aims to encourage people to visit Chesterfield town centre and support local businesses this Christmas.

Other activities planned include the return of the Amazing Magical Santa House and Elf Trail which were very popular last year. A series of walkabout entertainers including stilt walkers, carol singers and tap-dancing turkeys. The Crooked Spire will also be hosting its Christmas Tree Festival and Beauty and the Beast pantomime will be at the Pomegranate Theatre.

If you are heading to the event please remember that Chesterfield Borough Residents can park for free with their residents pass on a Sunday. 

Details of where to park in Chesterfield for the event can be found here.

Chesterfield town centre is accessible by bus and train 

Please help us to keep everyone as safe as possible during the event by not attending if you are feeling unwell, have Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive for the virus.

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