The festive season is upon us… find a Christmas light switch on near you

For some (well, most), it’s too soon to talk about Christmas… for others, it’s in full swing and you may be taking your friends and family down with you. Get them into the festive spirit and take them to your local light switch on or Christmas wonderland.

At Raleigh HQ, we’ve tried our best to get into the seasonal spirit by creating alternative Christmas trees – we’ve decorated our beautiful bikes. So if you don’t feel like decorating your tree this Christmas… give your favourite bike some fairy lights and a few baubles!

The Raleigh HQ light switch-on is already in full swing, we’ve chosen a selection of Winter Wonderlands across the UK so you can join in the festivities. There are hundreds of switch-ons and markets across the UK so we’ve featured a few and provided a list of even more near you.

Christmas Lights Switch On & Market

in Stratford-upon-Avon on Thu 23 Nov

The lights display in Stratford over the Christmas period is considered one of the finest in the UK. The big switch-on coincides with the first day of the Christmas Market in Water Street and features a free Santa’s grotto at the Town Hall, carol singing from 4pm, live music and late-night shopping.

by Ann Miles Photography

Leicester Christmas Lights Switch On

on Thu 23 Nov in Leicester

If you’re near Leicester on the 23rd November, pop into the town centre and enjoy a festive switch-on at 6.30pm. Santa Claus will be present, along with a brass band, carolers and the brand new Christmas Market.

by Visit Leicester

Winter Wonderland: Zippo’s Christmas Circus

 in Hyde Park, London on 17th Nov – 1st Jan

A festive version of the touring circus production suitable for very young audiences, including jugglers, clowns and aerial performers inside a heated big top with theatre-style seating.

Edinburgh’s Christmas Light Night

in Edinburgh on Sun 19th Nov @ 3pm

Edinburgh’s Christmas Light Night is free for all to enjoy, allowing everyone to enjoy the festival season. It begins the official opening of all Edinburgh’s festive attractions.

Enjoy fireworks, delicious food and plenty of merry music.

by Edinburgh Spotlight

Christmas at Blenheim

at Blenheim Palace from 24th Nov to 1st Jan

Blenheim Palace transforms into an out-of-this-world illuminated winter experience.

Explore Mistletoe Moment and the Tunnel of Light adorned with thousands of twinkling fairy lights. Walk beneath glowing lanterns and larger-than-life snowflakes and baubles, all set against the backdrop of glittering ancient woodland drenched in Christmas hues.


This magical trail is suitable for every family member, meaning everyone can get into the Christmas spirit in November through to January.

Christmas Lights at Blenheim Palace

by Blenheim Palace

Christmas Glow at Wisley

at RHS Garden Wisley from 1st Dec – 3rd Jan

RHS Wisley is beautiful whenever you choose to visit, over the festive season it becomes a magical wonderland illuminated with Christmas glow. You’ll find gifts, food and mesmerising displays, it’s fun for the whole family. You can find the prices for this event on the website.

RHS Wisley Christmas Illuminations

by RHS

Remember to check out even more festive events across the UK in the list below.

Events from The List

Plus, if you love the beautifully decorated bike we’ve used, you’ll find it on our website here.