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Children's Activity Event, Mon 2 Dec 2019

Christmas Lights Switchon

Christmas Lights Switchon


The Village Christmas Lights SWITCH ON event is traditionally on the first Saturday in December. This year switch on will be SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER 2019.

Santa will arrive at 5pm in his usual unique transport. The Lights will be switched on at 6.00 pm.

However things will be underway from around 4.30 pm. with a variety of seasonal stalls serving hot food and mulled wine in the area around The Green. Income from these stalls and donations are our main source of raising the £8,000 required annually There will also be the regular musical contributions from the E.A.S.Y. Band and the local school choir. Santa Claus will be arriving at 5pm and will be around for the rest of the evening with gifts for all the children who visit his grotto.

2018 Switch On Programme – Click here to view this year’s programme

Preparation for Switch On

Work has already begun preparing for the installation of the lights. There will be some new features this year as well as the old favourites. The installation itself will begin around the end of September. That may seem very early but we try to spend only a couple of mornings each week so that it remains fun and not too strenuous but also allows for the vagaries of the weather.

There are over 4,000 lamps and almost a mile of cable so it takes in excess of 1,000 man-hours to put on the annual display of Christmas lights in the village. In addition to the 25 or so volunteers there is additional support from a large number of businesses and individuals in the village.

New Lease Of Life For Thornton Le Dale Christmas Lights –Click here to read Handy Mag’s forthcoming editorial

Thank you for help last year

Last year the following all played their part:

All Saints' Church, Balderson’s Bakery, Bridgefoot Guest House, The Buck Inn, Cedar Barn, The Chocolate Factory, Clothes4Comfort, The Ginger Pig, BW & DJ Glaves & Sons, The Hall, Hunters of Helmsley, The Hill Institute, Lavenders Tea Rooms, Maria’s Wool Shop, Mathewson’s Classic Car sales, Mennell Motors, MKM Building Supplies, The New Inn, Trustees of The Old Grammar School, Pickering Musical Society, Ryedale Carpets, Savills Estate Agents, The Village Scarecrow Committee, Thornton le Dale C of E Primary School, Thornton Dale Fisheries, The Village Hall, Wardill Brothers, Warrington House Coffee Shop, Brian Wright Plant Hire and Thornton le Dale Chemists. Thanks too to Oliver who helped out in Santa’s Grotto.

There was also a large number of individuals, too many to mention, both throughout the year and also on Switch On Night itself. Many others have assisted anonymously. We could not have done it without you.

The display and Switch On Night activities are entirely put on by a team of volunteers.
However we are getting older! We would really appreciate some additional help, particularly on Switch On weekend.
If you are able to contribute just a few hours on the Saturday morning to help set up the stalls, Saturday evening to help dismantle or Sunday morning to help put things back in to storage we would really appreciate your help. If you are interested in finding out more please e-mail David Mitchell at

We would love to hear from you and it is a great way of adding to the village community spirit.

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 2 Dec 2019 18:00


5 Chestnut Ave, Thornton Dale, Pickering,
YO18 7RR



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Map reference: SE 836830  Lat: 54.23637 Long: -0.71814


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