The big Christmas lights switch-on is coming in Hatfield!

Three men playing instruments

Saturday 25 November, midday to 5.30pm In Hatfield town centre the big Christmas lights switch-on is back, so remember, remember 25 November!

Welwyn Hatfield’s own rising star Immi Davis, the 11 year-old former Britain’s Got Talent contestant, will be performing the headline slot on the big stage, before switching on the lights in White Lion Square at 5.30pm.

But there’s a whole afternoon of entertainment first! From midday, the big stage will host other talented local acts offering something for everyone, including the Bring The Party Band and the Oompah Brass Trio, with top DJs on the decs between acts.

Elsewhere, in Market Place, Santa and his elves will be welcoming little ones into their grotto – but make sure you see him before he flies back to the North Pole at 5pm!

There will also be roaming street entertainers, keeping up the festive fun for children and adults alike, stalls with Christmas-themed gifts and activities, plus craft workshops. The giant snow globe makes a welcome return, creating the perfect setting for a festive photo to share with friends and family.

Find all the information on the website which will be continually updated as more event acts are confirmed.

Cllr Paul Zukowskyj, Leader of the Council, said: “We’re looking forward to making this year’s switch-on event in Hatfield a winter wonderland of festive fun!

We are working with residents, businesses, and local groups to ensure the event is a real celebration of the diversity of Hatfield, and its strong sense of community. It’s something that the town is rightly proud about, and something that we think should be celebrated – but please do check the times of the many activities happening on the day, so that you don’t miss out – especially seeing Santa!

Daily Christmas Market – 18-23 December

The Yuletide merriment continues throughout December! Stock up on last minute festive gifts with the Christmas Market in White Lion Square, on every day of the week leading up to Christmas (Monday 18 – Saturday 23 December).

Along the way look out for best shop window and best dressed market stalls for our Christmassy competition!

Christmas Hatfield shop window and market stall competition

The council is inviting people to try and do all their Christmas shopping in Welwyn Hatfield shops and market stalls this year. Come and support local businesses and vote for your favourite Christmas shop window or market stall!

To vote please visit our website, where you can also find out about free parking in December in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City.

Published: 16th November 2023