Huntingdonshire lights up for Christmas

St Ives Christmas lights switch-on

St Ives Christmas lights switch-on - Credit: Archant

The festive season is nearly here and our towns are preparing their Christmas lights - here’s our guide to what’s happening when.

St Neots

November 29

Fire jugglers, magicians, singers, dancers and actors will perform for the crowds in the Market Square.

The theme this year is ice and magic and there will be a free synthetic ice rink as well as a fairground, live music and a Christmas market. Father Christmas will be in his grotto at St Neots Museum.

The winner of the Young People of the Year Award and headline act The Rockabellas will switch on the lights. The evening will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display.

Town centre manager Katie Williams said: “There really is something for everyone, so wrap up warm and bring the family along.”

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INFORMATION: From 3pm-8pm, with the fairground open until 10pm. Father Christmas will be in his grotto from 5pm and the lights will be switched on at 7pm. Fireworks 7.30pm.

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December 4

The switch-on in Godmanchester will include a Christmas market for the first time, featuring more than 20 stalls. On the day, visitors can browse wares such as candles and knitting and they can stop by to learn more about the Brownies and other youth groups.

There will also be performances by choirs from St Anne’s and Godmanchester Community schools alongside adult choir Harmonia Singers.

Children will be kept entertained with a variety of games and there will be mulled wine and mince pies.

INFORMATION: 5pm-8.30pm outside the town hall, with the lights switch-on 6-7pm.


November 24

Huntingdon’s Christmas festivities will begin with a day of seasonal entertainment as well as a visit by two children’s favourites – Father Christmas and Peppa Pig.

There will be live music, charity stalls and fairground rides to entertain the family. Acts will include mandolin player Daniel Nesterode, alternative pop band Biscuit for Bears, five-piece band Lucid, acoustic singer Andrew Page, dynamic three-piece band Rhythm and Shoes and Huntingdon Rock Choir.

Father Christmas is expected to visit and help the Mayor of Huntingdon with the festive parade and big lights switch-on.

Other attractions will include a fairy stilt walker, free balloon models and face painting, magic tricks, festive music, and a crafts sale in the Commemoration Hall ... and not forgetting Peppa Pig.

INFORMATION: From 12noon-5pm with the festive parade at 4.30pm and the lights switch-on at 4.45pm. The craft fair will run 2-6pm. Father Christmas will be in his grotto at St Benedict’s Court.

St Ives

November 24

A continental market will visit the town as will a funfair. There will also be stage entertainment and Father Christmas will be in his grotto before switching on the lights.

St Ives Twinning Association will once again be selling Gluhwein and mince pies and there will be a variety of craft, gift and food stalls.

The event will end with a spectacular fireworks finale.

INFORMATION: The market and entertainment begins at 10am. The lights will be switched on at 5pm.


November 30

Events will take place all day in the lead up to the lights switch-on.

In the morning, organist Neville Palmer and school dance groups will perform at Great Whyte plus there will be stalls to browse. From noon there will be a craft fair at Ramsey Indoor Market.

As the night draws in, there will be performances from Ramsey Choral Society, the St Thomas a Becket Church Choir and a troupe of molly dancers, plus a visit from Father Christmas. The lights will be switched on by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Andie Harper alongside a fireworks display, funfair, and children’s disco.

INFORMATION: Morning entertainment 9am-12noon. Craft fair from noon. Evening events from 5.30pm, lights switch-on at 6.30pm.