Christmas Lights with a tree in the foreground


Three of Portsmouth's shopping areas officially kick off their festive seasons with Christmas Light switch-on events in November and December.

The official Christmas light switch-on events will include performances from local school bands, choirs and dancing groups. The show will conclude with the switching on of the lights, and the crowd being showered in a stream of snowflake confetti!

The Christmas light switch on events will take place from 4pm - 6pm on the following dates:
Commercial Road, Portsmouth City Centre on Thursday 18 November
Palmerston Road, Southsea on Thursday 25 November
High Street, Cosham on Thursday 2 December

Portsmouth Christmas market will return in 2021. There will be additional Christmas stalls in the city centre this year, with wooden cabins selling a mixture of festive gifts, food and drink to complement the weekly market offer.

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Christmas Lights Switch-On


City high streets, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AB

Opening Times

Commercial Road (18 Nov 2021)
Thursday16:00 - 18:00
Palmerston Road (25 Nov 2021)
Thursday16:00 - 18:00
High Street (2 Dec 2021)
Thursday16:00 - 18:00

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