Christmas lights

  • 04
  • Dec

Each year in the run up to the festive season, Islington brightens up its high streets and town centres with Christmas lights and markets, Santa’s grottos, family-friendly activities and much more. This year, the celebrations are set to be extra special. Find out what’s on in your area:

Thursday 18 November

Angel Central switch-on festivities start from 5pm, with Santa doing the all important duties. There will be performances from King’s Head Theatre’s Beowulf panto stars, local choirs, and giveaway goodie bags filled with wooden tree decorations, chocolates, and even a ‘plant-at-home’ Christmas tree.

For even more festive fun on the evening, Islington Square on Upper Street will be switching on their festive lights under the Christmas arches. From 6pm until 9pm, visitors will be able to enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie (or three) whilst watching a show by Little Angel Theatre, followed by live music in the South Arcade.

Nag’s Head
Saturday 20 November

Nag’s Head shopping centre will be full of festive cheer, with choirs, music, face painting, mince pies and refreshments. The lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Islington at 4.30pm.

Wednesday 24 November

Expect a Christmas market, Santa’s grotto, family activities and mince pies. The lights will be switched on at 4.30pm by the Mayor of Islington.

Whitecross Street
Friday 26 November
3.45pm – 7pm

Bring your friends and family to Whitecross Street for a festive celebration, featuring school choir performances, Santa’s grotto, face-painting and the all-important lights switch-on at 4.45pm.

Finsbury Park
Saturday 4 December

Head to Fonthill Road for a Festive Fashion Market and free family-friendly activities, live music (including a local school choir), crafts and seasonal refreshments. The lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Islington at 4.30pm.

Caledonian Road
Saturday 11 December

Come on down to Freeling Pocket Park for face painting, free family-friendly activities, live music and a Bollywood performance by the Vedakala Academy. Don’t miss the lights switch-on at 4.30pm.

While we want people to have fun and make the most of the festive season, we also want people to stay safe. Please consider taking a lateral flow test before attending these events and we encourage people to wear a face mask when indoors or in crowded places. Please stay home if you feel unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms.

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