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Christmas Starts in Stratford on Saturday, November 17th

Father Christmas makes his first appearance in Stratford-upon-Avon – win the chance to be one of three lucky winners to join him in a carriage ride around the town centre.  Click here for more details.

The Christmas lights are also being switched on in Bell Court 4pm - 6pm - Jingle Bell Court!

Christmas Lights Switch On - Thursday, November 22nd

The lights display in Stratford over the Christmas period is considered to be one of the finest in the UK, presided over by a team of volunteers and funded by generous grants from the Town Trust and the Town Council and by individual donations from Businesses, the residents and the general public of Stratford-upon-Avon.

The lights will be switched on from the Town Hall balcony at 16:30 and there’s a whole host of entertainment & activities around the town too.  

Town Hall

On Thursday, Stratford's stunning Christmas lights will be switched on for all to behold!

4:00pm  The King’s Brass from King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon who will accompany carol singing by Alveston C of E Primary School Compere- Vic Minett Show (BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Presenter).

4:25 pm Rev Canon Dow, Mayor’s Chaplain, blesses the lights

4:30 pm The Mayor, Cllr John Bicknell, switches on the Christmas Lights

4:31 pm Father Christmas is due to arrive - look in the sky!

4:35 pm Father Christmas will arrive on the balcony and then collect his post from the Christmas post box in the Town Hall entrance. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto at The Town Hall

4:45 pm Bell Court Stratford. Bring the family for more festive fun at Bell Court from 4:45 pm until 7 pm. Entertainment from Thomas Jolyffe Primary School choir, Alcester Victoria Silver Band and the Snitterfield Handbell Ringers. #JingleBellCourt


Late Night Shopping, Drinking & Dining

Visit the many fantastic independent shops and high street names.

Stratford Christmas Market returns to Bridge Street

From 10 am until 8 pm visit the fabulous stalls selling a delightful range of speciality gifts and a diverse range of good quality seasonal products. Organised by LSD Promotions 

Bridge Street Christmas Markets also on November 29th, December 13th and 20th.


Victorian Christmas Market

Visit for more information