Dartford town centre’s getting ready to sparkle and shine at this year’s Big Christmas Lights Switch On which takes place on Saturday 17th November.

The Worshipful Mayor of Dartford Councillor David Mote will be joined on stage by Holby City and Heartbeat star and the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 Joe McFadden, Father Christmas and our colouring competition winner to switch on the lights at 5.15pm.

From 2pm, the build up to the grand finale will see performances from Twist and Pulse, Beer Pressure and Glen Owen as Bruno Mars and Leanne Kyte as Ariana Grande, as the countdown to switching on Dartford’s Christmas lights begins.

In addition to the acts and entertainment on stage in the High Street, there will be lots of family entertainment and giveaways around the town centre.

Councillor Patsy Thurlow, Cabinet Member for Events said, “We’re looking forward to another brilliant Christmas Lights Switch On and can’t wait to see the High Street full of people gathering for the festivities. The Christmas Lights are the perfect way to start the festive season and every year the town looks spectacular covered with paper snow! We hope to see you there for what’s sure to be another spectacular occasion.”


2.15pm – Adam Hoffman
2.25pm – Beer Pressure
3.00pm – Glenn Owen as Bruno Mars
3.45pm – Orchard Theatre Choir
4.00pm –  Leanne Kyte as Ariana Grande
4.30pm – Twist & Pulse
4.40pm – Paw Patrol’s Chase
4.50pm – Twist & Pulse
5.00pm – Orchard Theatre Stars
5.10pm – The Worshipful Mayor of Dartford
5.20pm – The Big Christmas Lights Switch On

Programme may be subject to change

We would like to thank the following organisations for their generous support of the 2018 Dartford Christmas Lights:

Dartford Borough Council – Orchards Shopping Centre – The Priory Shopping Centre – Twin Noodle Bar & Restaurant – McDonalds – Royal Victoria & Bull Hotel – The Orchard Theatre – Sainsbury’s – Lollipops – Sweetcake Fairy – Dartford Markets – Aldi – Fairfield Leisure – Prospect Place

01322 343440 or visit www.dartford.gov.uk/christmas