Plymouth city centre is set to sparkle on Thursday 16 November as the Christmas Lights are to be switched on at the Piazza! 

A whole evening of free family entertainment is on the cards for the day which is sponsored by Morgan Sindall Construction and ran by Plymouth City Centre Company.

Here are ten things you need to know ahead of the big day!


1. When is it and where?

Thursday 16 November 2023

Family friendly entertainment will be on the stage from 4pm until 8pm, in the Piazza, Armada Way, Plymouth city centre.


2. How do I get to there?

There's many travel options available, such as by bus that wll drop you nearby, or car where you can also take advantage of discounted parking! Check out the full travel details.


3. Is there an accessible viewing area?

There will be an accessible viewing platform on the Piazza, by House of Fraser so you can watch all the action. See the full accessibility details.


4. Is there a charge to attend?

No, this event is free of charge to attend.


5. Who’s performing on the Piazza?

4pm to 4.10pm       City College Plymouth Dance

4.20pm to 4.35pm  Stage Stars

4.45pm to 5pm       Rhythm City Dance Studio

5.10pm to 5.25pm  Pauline Quirke Academy

5.35pm to 5.50pm  Plymouth City Patriots

6pm to 6.15pm       Italia Conti Plymouth

6.30pm to 7.30pm  Ocean City Groove


Crowd at City Centre Christmas Lights Switch On in Plymouth

6. When will the lights be switched on?

The big switch-on moment will be between 6.15pm and 6.30pm.

Also, look out for the Christmas tree – lit up with 2000 lights, on Armada Way outside Oggy Oggy Pasty, where there will also be occasional entertainment, in the lead up to Christmas.


7. Who is turning on the lights this year?

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Mark Shayer, with Santa with his elves, plus special guest from the Theatre Royal Plymouth, West End star Samuel Holmes. As he returns to his Plymouth roots to play Larry the Lion Tamer in the pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


8. What’s happening in Drake Circus?

Drake Circus will have their Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm, on the same day (Thursday 16 November).

They are bringing snow flurries to Old Town Street from 4pm and then every day through to Christmas Eve; Christmas selfie baubles in the Atrium through to Christmas Eve; and ‘Parcel Rascals’ and ‘Elf & Safety’ acts from 3.30pm on Thursday 16 November.


9. Is there discounted car parking?

Yes, shoppers can benefit from Thursday car parking for just £1 after 3pm in the Western Approach car park only, during the late-night shopping period which starts Thursday 16 November until Thursday 21 December.


10. When do the shops close?

Many of the shops are open until 9pm, as this is also the start of late-night shopping in the city centre, which will continue every Thursday through to 21 December.


For the full programme, head to the Plymouth City Centre Christmas lights switch-on event page.

This festive fun is brought to you by Plymouth City Centre Company and sponsored by Morgan Sindall Construction. 

Looking for more Christmas fun? Check out our Christmas in Plymouth webpage and sign-up to our newsletter to receive more content, plus news, offers and exciting events in Plymouth, straight in your inbox!

In partnership with GWR, Destination Plymouth’s lead travel partner



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