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You are in: Shropshire > Entertainment > Christmas > Lighting up your Christmas

Dawley lantern parade

Dawley lantern parade

Lighting up your Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, Shropshire's towns have been lighting up one by one.


Shrewsbury switched on its Christmas lights on Wednesday, 19 November.

The cast of this year's Music Hall pantomime Robin Hood provided the entertainment.


BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Jim Hawkins switched on the lights in Ironbridge on Saturday, 22 November.

Jim Hawkins switches on Ironbridge lights (photo: Colin Rees)

Ironbridge switch on (photo: Colin Rees)

The evening's entertainment, which included the Jackfield Band, started at 6pm at the bridge, with the switch-on at 7pm, followed by a firework display.


Genevieve Tudor, from BBC Radio Shropshire's Folk Show was in Broseley on the same evening, the 22 November, to help switch on their lights. 

There was entertainment in the streets and a lantern procession from the Birchmeadow Centre, with the lights due to be switched on at 7pm. 

Long-time Broseley resident Mick Doran died earlier this year and requested the collection made at his funeral to go towards Broseley's Christmas lights fund. His wife, Pat Doran switched on the lights this year alongside Genevieve Tudor.

Shifnal's Christmas tree

Shifnal's new Christmas tree

Church Stretton

Church Stretton switched on their lights on 22 November in the town square.


Shifnal was lit up on Friday, 28 November.

For the first time, the organising committee has opted for an aluminium tree instead of a real one.

John Danby says, "they wanted to do something different" and believes it's the first of its kind in the Midlands. But apparently opinion is divided.

Market Drayton

Market Drayton's Festival of Lights took place on Friday, 28 November.

Christmas lights in Market Drayton

The Christmas tree in Market Drayton

It was part of an all day event which included a victorian fayre, santa's grotto and 60 stalls.


Bridgnorth Mayor, Brian Jones switched on the town's lights at the North Gate on 28 November.

There was carol singing, accompanied by members of the Highley Colliery band.


The switch-on in Oakengates was on Friday, 28 November.

There were market stalls and street entertainment involving local schools and music groups and carols from the Salvation Army.

Stars from this year's Beauty and the Beast pantomime at The Place in Oakengates were flicking the switch at 5.30pm.


Friday, 28 November was also the day the lights were being switched on in Newport.

A torchlight procession took place before the main switch-on and illumination of the Tree of Light.

The Salvation Army Band and St Nicholas' Church Choir were joined by Father Christmas in entertaining the crowd.


It was snowing in Ellesmere for their Winter Festival. The Chamber of Commerce hired a snow machine to add to the occasion on Friday, 28 November.

The festivities started at 6pm with stalls, choirs and entertainments on the streets and inside the Market Hall, with Santa coming down the canal on a barge.

Craven Arms

The Gateway courtyard was the venue for the lights switch-on in Craven Arms on Friday, 28 November. The Craven Arms Little Big Band provided the entertainment.

There was carol singing, santa's grotto, late night shopping and a number of stalls.


Wellington made a day of it on Saturday, 29 November.

Wellington Lights

Wellington Lights

From 10.30am in the Market Square, local schools were singing. The New College Jazz Band provided the entertainment after lunch and the group 'Churches Together' were due to lead the carol singing in the early evening.


The switching on of Ludlow's lights was timed to coincide with the town's annual Medieval Fayre on Saturday 29 November. Jugglers, musicians and magicians added to the atmosphere.

Ludlow's Tree of Light is being switched on at 5pm on Thursday 11 December by the High Sheriff of Shropshire, Mrs Anne Gee. The Tree of Light, organised by Ludlow Rotary Club is in Events Square outside the castle. Musical entertainment is provided by Morisca.


The Christmas lights in Wem were switched on by the Mayor on Thursday, 4 December.

The entertainment included Wem Town Band and several school and church choirs.

There was a nativity procession from the Parish Church to the Methodist Church, plus stalls, refreshments and grotto for Santa.


Oswestry Christmas Live took place on Friday 5 December, featuring music from local bands, as well as fairground rides and other attractions.


Dawley's illuminations were up in time to coincide with the town's Lantern Parade on Friday, 5 December.

Dawley lantern parade

Dawley lantern parade

The event, which was organised by the Dawley Bank Horticultural Society, included music and other entertainments centred on the Square. 


Whitchurch was one of the last towns to be illuminated. It's all-day event took place on Saturday, 6 December, including a Christmas fair in the Sports Hall, a town crier and carol singing.

Bishop's Castle

Bishop's Castle also picked a later date. Its lights were due to be switched on on Saturday, 6 December with market stalls, Punch and Judy, bands and carol singing around the tree.

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