Stock photograph of Christmas Lights around a tree


The countdown for a magical Christmas in Portsmouth begins with a dazzling party as the lights are switched on.

Hosted by Wave 105’s Mark Collins, the line-up for 2023 features stars of panto, a cast of local performers and a special visit from Father Christmas. 

As the excitement builds on stage, visitors can do a little Christmas shopping and get ready for a spectacular light switch-on. Plus, you can expect a few surprises, as well as a snowflake finale.

Switch-on dates and locations:

City centre - Commercial Road
Thursday 16 November
5pm to 7pm
(With Portsmouth Christmas Market)

Southsea - Palmerston Road
Thursday 23 November
5pm to 7pm
(With Love Southsea Christmas Market)

Cosham - High Street
Thursday 30 November
5pm to 7pm

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Christmas Lights Switch On Parties


Commercial Road, Palmerston Road and High Street, Portsmouth, Southsea and Cosham, Hampshire, PO1 1ET

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