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Christmas Light Switch On's across Sefton - Everything you need to know!

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

Sefton switches on to a very merry Christmas 2019. Festive fun is just around the corner as town and village centres across Sefton get ready to switch on their 2019 Christmas lights. We have details of Christmas Lights Switch On events in #Southport, #Crosby, #Seaforth, #Bootle, #Hightown, #Formby, #Thornton, #Netherton, #Maghull, #Melling and #Litherland.

Christmas themed events will be taking place in numerous locations throughout the borough, with a range of festive fun for all the family. The events, starting with the Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On on Sunday 17th November, are delivered through a number of different ways including partnership between business communities, local residents, voluntary and charity organisations, and Sefton Council.

Funding is secured through the private, voluntary and public sector to encourage people to shop local in the run up to Christmas.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Christmas lights switch-ons always prove to be popular events and are a great opportunity for local people and families to get into the festive spirit.”

“We hope plenty of people will come out and support their local traders in the run up to Christmas and shop local, and we are very grateful for the hard work and community spirit which goes into these important events.”

Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On is Sunday 17th November from 1pm

Christmas is on its way and Southport BID have announced a huge line up for our switch on this year! Expect a full day of magical entertainment as Southport lights up headlined by non other then Peter Andre! 

The star will head up a line-up that will also include Wet Wet Wet and Liberty X singer Kevin Simm, who won the Voice UK in 2017 and 80’s Liverpool legend Sonia. Children’s headliner this year is the brilliant Sid, original CBeebies presenter and star of 'Let's Play'.  Aimed at young children aged two to seven, Sid will put on a funny and entertaining one man show that will delight kids and parents alike. 

This year’s presenter bringing the show together will be TV presenter and former Heart Breakfast presenter Joel and the whole event will culminate in the switching on of the spectacular light show tree installation from Southport BID and fireworks from the roof of The Atkinson. 

The entertainment begins at 1pm on Lord Street, Sunday 17th of November, with the lights being turned on at 5.30pm. 

Here is the list of acts with times of performances...

For more details, running order and line up announcements please follow Southport BID.


Crosby Village – Friday 22nd November 6pm

The Crosby Christmas Lights Switch On will be held from 3pm with the lights switched on at 6pm by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns. Both Labour Party Candidates, MP Bill Esterson and Peter Dowd (Bootle constituency) have been asked to attend and we have been told they will be attending.

There will be a funfair for the kids but unfortunately this year, there will not be any market stalls due to the market already being placed elsewhere on this particular day.

The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 6pm and the tree this year has been planted in the Lady Diana Bed and Gardens so will not be in it's usual location.

A great afternoon and evening to look forward to starting at 3pm!


Waterloo Christmas Lights

Unfortunately there will be no switch on event this year in Waterloo


Thornton – November 22nd

Thornton Christmas Lights Switch On starts at 6pm, lights switch on at 6:45pm on the Village Green opposite the Nags Head Pub.

Join Thornton Parish Council for the return of the Annual Christmas light switch on at the Nags Head, Green Lane (opposite the Village Green). It's sure to be a festive event with carols, choirs, a visit from Santa courtesy of Rotary Club Crosby, a Christmas horse from Shy Lowen and more! Celebrate the start of the Christmas period.


Bootle – Saturday 23rd November at 5pm

The Christmas Lights Switch On in Bootle held by Bootle Action Group is on Saturday 23rd November starting from 2pm with the lights switch on at 5pm.

The lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor June Burns.

There will be FREE Face painting, Raffles, Games, Free Refreshments, Live music from 'Singing Our Socks Off' and also local celebrity singer George Gallagher. Entertainment starts at 2pm and light switch on at 5pm.

At the Bootle Christmas lights switch on, we will have, as last year, a box for food bank donations. If you are able to give a small something that would be great. The box will be next to the raffle table, or you can pass to any steward in orange jackets. Thank you

Bootle Library, 220 Stanley Rd, Bootle, L20 3EN

For any more information, please go to their Facebook Page HERE


Formby - Sunday 24th November at 5pm

Formby Christmas Lights will be turned on this year in an event to beat all others. Get ready for another spectacular Christmas Lights Switch-on!


Formby will see the return of our beloved Frosty the Snowman again this year which will be at Formby Pool. 


There will be Christmas market stalls, children's fairground rides and entertainment from 2pm culminating in the lights being switched on at 5pm. 

Festivities will continue on through 'till 7:30pm.

The event is FREE ENTRY as always.


Maghull – Saturday 16th November at 4:30pm

The Maghull Square Christmas Tree will be switched on this Saturday 16th November 2019 at 4:30pm. The Santa Sleigh will be there from 3:30pm and there will be a balloon man making Christmas Balloons for the kids.

The tree will be switched on by the Maghull Mayor, Councillor Josh Burns.


Melling – Monday 25th November 6:45pm

Monday 27 November 2019 from 6pm until 8pm at the Horse and Jockey in Melling

The events will start at 6pm with the Christmas Lights turned on at 6:45pm. There will be schools singing Christmas carols and community awards inside the pub. The event is organised by the Parish Council.

The Horse and Jockey Pub, 6 Waddicar Lane, L31 1DU Melling


Kirkstone Road North Park - Litherland – Wednesday 27th November at 5pm

The L21 Community Network host the Christmas Lights Switch On, on Wednesday 27th November from 3:30pm to 5pm. A great night to look forward to with local choirs, refreshments, a face painter. Special guests and much more. Everyone welcome!

For more information, please follow their Facebook Page HERE


Netherton, Marian Square – Wednesday 27th November at 6pm

This year Netherton is going to start the Christmas season with a bang! On 27th November we will be coming together to have fun, support charities, shop for Christmas presents and celebrate the lighting up of the Christmas tree on Glover's Lane with friends, family and neighbours. This is the most magical time of the year.

The celebration gets underway when Santa and his sleigh turns up at the car park at 12 noon.  Santa and his helpers will be around until the evening so be sure to visit him.  Anyone who wants to post a letter to him will find all the necessary equipment in the Feelgood Factory.

At the same time the annual Christmas charity fair will get underway in the Feelgood Factory until 4 p.m.  Stalls full of gifts and decorations will be available to help you prepare for the festive season and, at the same time, raise funds for local good causes.

Throughout the day the Feelgood Factory will also be selling seasonal refreshments.

At 4 p.m. entertainments will start on both sides of Glover's Lane.  Come along to watch dancing troupes and listen to choirs and singers as they help you get into the festive spirit.  Games and activities for children will be provided.

From 4 p.m. there will also be a Christmas market in Marian Square, giving you another opportunity to "shop 'til you drop" and find those perfect presents for Christmas.

At 6 p.m. the Christmas tree lights will be turned on and the Festive Season will begin in earnest.

Everyone is welcome!

Come along and start the Christmas season in Netherton together.


Hightown Village – Wednesday 27th November 6.30pm

This year’s switch-on of the village Christmas tree Is Wednesday 27th November at 6.30pm. There will be the usual mulled wine and mince pies,

with carols played by the Salvation Army band.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, please go to Hightown Village Facebook Page HERE


South Park in Bootle – Friday 29th November at 5pm

The Christmas Lights will be switched On at 5pm on Friday 29th November.

The event is Hosted by Friends of South Park Bootle

South Park in Bootle is Hawthorn Road, Balliol Road, Bootle, L20 3AB


Bowersdale Park, Seaforth – Saturday 30th November at 5pm

Seaforth Christmas Fair and Christmas Lights Switch On will be on Saturday 30th November starting at 12:30pm till 5pm. There will be stalls, food and entertainment with dancing by Connect Studios and local schools singing.

All presented by the Friends of Bowersdale Park, to find out more, please visit their Facebook Page HERE

Bowersdale Centre address: Crescent Rd, Seaforth, Liverpool L21 4LJ


Aintree Village – Saturday 30th November at 5pm

Aintree Village Community will be having their Christmas Tree Switch On at the Valentine Pub from 5pm on Saturday 30th Novembe.

Tickets are available to buy now at the Valentine Pub for Santa’s Grotto at £3 per child.

A fantastic night to look forward to, don’t miss it!


The Southport Christmas Parade - Sunday 1st December

The Southport Charity Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday 1st December.

You are invited to watch the 5th Anniversary Charity Christmas Parade in Southport.

The biggest vehicle light parade in the north west. Cars, Vans, Trucks and Floats.

Leaves Pontins Ainsdale at 4pm.

We can highly recommend The Victoria Pub, Southport Promenade or The Lakeside Inn - Britain’s Smallest Pub as the perfect viewing spots to see the parade.

Loads of special guests going on this special Parade.

They will be donating toys to 5 different Children’s Homes.


If you have any details of Christmas Light Switch On's in Sefton, please send them to us and we will add them to our list. We apologise for lack of information on some of the events.


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