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Christmas lights switch-on events across Derbyshire and the Peak District

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:05 06 November 2018

Chesterfield Christmas Lights Photo: Chesterfield Borough Council

Chesterfield Christmas Lights Photo: Chesterfield Borough Council

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The Christmas lights switch-on marks the start of the festive period in the centre of our towns and villages. We’ve compiled a list of what’s happening in your area.

17th November

Castleton Christmas Lights Switch On

Santa will parade the streets of Castleton in a pony & carriage and then switch the lights on outside the Toll Bar Gift Shop in Cross Street at 4.30pm.

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17th November

Derby Christmas Lights Switch On

Join a festive parade with your family and then enjoy a variety of entertainment on the Market Place stage, leading up to the big switch-on event around 6pm

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18th November

Chesterfield Christmas Lights Switch On

Chesterfield will be bathed in a magical glow at its annual Christmas lights switch-on event and market. There will be festive entertainment, stalls, games and rides in the Market Place and New Square. Stars from Cinderella will perform on stage and will switch on the lights at 4.45pm with Chesterfield’s mayor and Paddington.

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23rd November

Buxton Christmas Lights Switch On

The Grand Bazaar in the Pavilion Gardens is the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping this year. The Grand Bazaar will run from 2pm until 8pm with the lights due to switch on at 6:30pm

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24th November

Ashbourne Christmas Lights Switch On

See Ashbourne come to life with sparkling Christmas Illuminations as the winner of the ‘Ashbourne at Christmas’ Freestyle Art Competition competition accompanied by Santa Claus and his live reindeer turn on the Christmas lights at 5:30 pm on Saturday 24th November in the Market Place.

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24th November

Bakewell Christmas Lights Switch On

The Bakewell switch is twinned with the annual Christmas market that takes place over the weekend of 24th-25th November. Entertainment on Saturday includes live music, festive singing from local schools and choirs, and the Christmas Tree lights switch-on event in Bath Gardens at 4.45pm.

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30th November

Swadlincote Christmas Lights Switch On

It’s all happening in Swadlincote on the 30th November with a full programme of activities including music, childrens’ activities and visit from Santa.

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30th November

Belper Christmas Lights Switch On

An evening of festive entertainment will be in store as the lights will be switched on by the Mayor, Cllr Tim Sutton from the front of the Memorial Gardens, King Street at 5.45pm.

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30th November

Ilkeston Christmas Lights Switch On

There is plenty of entertainment planned to take you through to 7pm when the Mayor of Erewash officially opens the festive period with the light switch on, followed by a fireworks display.

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1st December

Matlock Christmas Lights Switch On

The Mayor, Santa and celbrity guests will switch on the lights at Hall Leys Park at around 4,45pm as part of the Matlock Victorian Christmas Market weekend that takes place between the 30th November to 3rd December.

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