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Christmas Lights Switch On – 26th November 2022

(daytime event culminating in the switch-on at 5.30pm)


Saturday 26th November


✸ Markets including street food in Courtenay Street & Market Square
✸ FREE face painting, balloons, and craft
✸ Music from Coombeshead College and Stagecoach Choir
✸ Children’s Christmas give-aways
✸ Fireside selfies in the Clock Tower
✸ Walkabout characters featuring the naughty Christmas Pudding and Fairy Keeper
✸ Mini Christmas carnival parade through town accompanying the mayoral classic motorcar
✸ Father Christmas switches on the lights at the Clock Tower and greets children for their first time this year

Lantern Parade & Late Night Shopping – 14th December 2022

Marking the welcome return of this colourful event, the theme for this year’s parade is ‘The Enchanted Garden’ and will illuminate Newton Abbot!


Each of Newton Abbot’s eight primary schools will be participating, carrying their lanterns from Bearnes Primary School (at 6.30pm) to the Clock Tower for a special story to be told at 7pm.


✸ Late night shopping until 8pm
✸ Visit Father Christmas close to Austins toy store (6pm-8pm)
✸ Fireside selfies in the Clock Tower
✸ Markets, including street food in Courtenay Street and the Market Square
✸ Live Music