Christmas Light Switch On 2022

Christmas in Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Christmas 2022 is coming to Lion Walk Shopping Centre and it’s set to be the most magical yet.

 

Celebrations start on the 16th of November

Throughout the Christmas season, Colchester will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland and similar to last year’s Light Switch On, this year is going to be spectacular! The Christmas 2022 Light Switch On event will take place on November 16 and will officially launch Colchester into a season of festivities.

We don’t want you to miss out on the event, so we’ve created a helpful schedule for the event, so you know what’s happening, where and when.

Late Night Shopping

A majority of retailers in the city centre will also be welcoming shoppers up until 9pm, so shoppers can browse and find all their festive gifts.

Must-do experiences

Visit Santa’s Grotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior to the main stage appearance, Santa’s Grotto will launch at Lion Walk Courtyard from 3pm until 6pm and will run every day until Christmas. There you can see Santa, receive a gift and on some days meet his elves. There will be a £10 admission fee to visit Santa and have the full Christmas experience, including having pictures with Santa.

SANTA’S FULL SCHEDULE 

NOVEMBER

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  – 15:30 pm – 18:30 pm

Wednesday – 15:30 pm – 19:30 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

DECEMBER

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  – 15:30 pm – 18:30 pm

Wednesday – 15:30 pm – 19:30 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

HALF TERM 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Wednesday – 10:00 am  – 15:00 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

Live music performances

 

 

 

 

 

From 6pm onwards at the Lion Walk Main stage, you can enjoy a special appearance from Father Christmas, Elsa, Anne & Olaf from Frozen. The live entertainment doesn’t stop there, enjoy the music from the local band Cushti and the great DJ skills of Darryl Wright and friends from Actual Radio.

The Après Party

The Après Party, a ski themed party including Chalet Bar & Food will be opening at 9pm. With live music, drinks and a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy. The evening entertainment will continue everyday until Christmas.

Find out more about the Après Party and see the main stage line up for the 16th of November at ColchesterChrismasParty

 

Firework Display and Light Switch On

The Christmas Celebrations will then begin at 4pm with a light parade which will march from the Mercury Theatre and through the city centre, before concluding at Firstsite around 6pm.

At 7:30pm we will all marvel at the stunning fireworks display and Light Switch On at the main stage area. This will be the hallmark event everyone has been looking forward to and will be an amazing display everyone should attend.