Saturday, 23 November 2019
Another year has flown by and the festive season is upon us. As diaries start to fill with nativity plays, Christmas shopping dates, office parties and cosy catch ups, there’s one very important event in the Chelsea calendar to save space for. Sure to get the whole family feeling suitably festive, the Chelsea Christmas Lights Switch-On takes place on Saturday 23 November 2019; save the date!
As always, Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road and surrounding areas will transform into a festive cornucopia with the flick of a switch. This year, King’s Road plays a starring role, donning festive finery to celebrate its regal heritage. New decorative lights in the shape of crowns – inspired by its namesake monarch, Kings Charles II – will festoon it from top to bottom. King Charles II was also a huge advocate of festive celebrations, famously restoring Christmas to the nation after Oliver Cromwell’s decade-long ban on festivities.
From 2pm on 23 November 2019, come down to enjoy an unmissable array of entertainment across the whole Chelsea neighbourhood. Carol singers and performers will add an abundance of festive ambience. Make sure you’ve secured a prime spot by the main stage at 2.35pm, ready for performances from Westminster Performing Arts, Sloane Square Choral Society, The Chelsea Pensioners Choir, ballerinas and more. Vintage jazz singer Megan McConnel will also add a nostalgic touch to proceedings with her solo performance.
Meanwhile, children will be awestruck by stilt walkers, transfixed by real reindeer and transformed with face painting stalls. Gather at 4.40pm for the Santa Procession before Father Christmas and his ‘special helper’ turn on the Christmas lights from the stage on Sloane Square at 5pm. Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road, Sloane Street and the King’s Road will all be lit up in festive splendour, marking the beginning of the festive season. And, if little ones have been good this year, don’t miss the chance to catch Santa in his Christmas grotto, at 241a Pavillion Road. Tickets are £27.50 and can be booked here.
Discover more as it’s announced here.