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Christmas Lights Switch-On

Free, sponsored by Smooth Radio and City Fibre

Wrap up warm for a parade and enjoy a variety of entertainment on the stage leading up to the big switch-on at 6pm to get you in the Festive spirit.

The traditional Christmas celebration will start on a new stage on Corporation Street from 3.30pm. The road will be closed while everyone enjoys the show.

Starting at 4pm, a community parade will weave its way from The Spot to the new stage in time for the countdown at 6pm. A show-stopping lantern sculpture will lead the parade with traditional Dhol drummers.

All timings are approximate

Stage show line-up

3.30pm, Smooth Radio

3.35pm, Invisible friends choir

3.50pm, Smooth Radio - Mayor Speech

3.55pm, Cassette Roulette party band 

4.15pm, Smooth Radio

4.20pm, Song For Us Choir

4.50pm, Parade Arrives (assembles in front of the stage and disperse into Council Car Park)

4.55pm, Councillor McCristal

5pm, Our City of Making

5.20pm, Christmas Pantomime Stars

5.30pm, Headliner Simon Webbe

5.55pm, Smooth Radio - Switch on Party Assembles

6pm, Christmas lights switch on and fireworks & Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas

Parade line-up

Starting at 4pm at The Spot through St Peter’s Street, Cornmarket and Derby Market Place to the stage on Corporation Street.

  • The Derby Season of Light community lantern parade will be made up of adults and children with bright and beautiful lanterns created in workshops led by Surtal Arts.
  • At the head of the parade will be professional artist Stephanie Sian Coley with her show-stopping lantern
  • sculpture, which she will create at the Museum of Making during the Season of Light.
  • Traditional Dhol drummers will sound the parade.