Canterbury Christmas Lights 2019 - Credit: Katie Owen

Canterbury Christmas lights ‘designed to enhance the historic city’

Last night the Christmas lights were switched on in Canterbury City Centre, marking the start of the festive season.

previous Canterbury Christmas Lights event Credit: Canterbury BID

On Friday night, Canterbury Business Improvement District (BID) hosted a ‘light up parade’ rather than a static stage encouraging visitors to stroll around the city to enjoy the dynamic event.

The vibrant parade ran through the city centre while 118,000 LED lights were switched on throughout Canterbury.

The parade was led by No Limit Street Band who were followed by Christmas characters and a lantern parade created by Canterbury School of Visual Arts at Canterbury College.

The Marlowe Theatre Panto cast members followed in a fairy-tale horse drawn carriage while the Lord Mayor and his family followed in a ‘modern carriage’ provided by Barretts Canterbury.

BID gave a shout-out to their hard working working ‘light up’ elves that made sure Canterbury was sparkling as the parade processed.

Local singer Robbie White performed songs from 5:30pm before the parade left the Marlowe Theatre at 6pm.

Canterbury Christmas lights switch-on event 2019 – Credit: Katie Owen

The parade made its way through the high street, through Rose Lane and finished at Rose Square.

This Christmas light switch on event was the first in two years with last years event being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canterbury will be shining brightly this Christmas with the city centre being strewn with lights paid for by the businesses in the BID area and provided by Canterbury BID. Our Christmas Lights contractor, Gala Lights tests fixing points and installs the lights around the city. The Christmas lights are designed to complement and enhance this historic city. 

Canterbury Business Improvement District


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