Banbury Christmas Lights Switch-on 2022 is scheduled for Sunday, 27 November 2022, in Banbury Market Place.
The Banbury Christmas Lights Switch-on kicks off the festive season in Banbury. It’s a family-focused festive event in the heart of the town where the community come together as one.
Previous years have seen live stage music, song and dance marquee, market, fairground, children’s activities and, of course, Santa in his grotto, with the entertainment commencing at 1.00pm and the light switch on at 5.00pm.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, there was a simple switch-on event. The Banbury Business Improvement District (BID) – which brings together 539 levy-paying businesses and organisations in Banbury town centre – organised a light show that featured a series of Christmas- and New Year-themed movies beamed onto the Castle Quay façade in Cornhill to welcome Christmas and celebrate the New Year.
In 2021, This year, a children’s lantern parade and a festive film show will launch Christmas in Banbury. Dozens of youngsters with self-made lanterns will join marching musicians and mischievous elves in a street procession that will make its way to the Cornhill area of Market Place.
The parade started at 5.00pm, heralding the first showing of this year’s Christmas movie – an enchanting seasonal video that was projected onto the Cornhill entrance to the Castle Quay shopping centre.
The film, described as a festive story with a magical feel, was shown from dusk every day from 20 December until 05 January 2022. It was projected on a rolling basis until late so that passers-by who arrived near the end didn’t have to wait long to see the start.
The video was financed by Banbury Town Council and Banbury BID, who have teamed up with Castle Quay to provide a fantastic follow-up to last year’s successful and first-ever festive film show.
The details of Banbury’s Christmas event for 2022 will be published on this page nearer the time.