Countdown to Christmas begins with MyMiltonKeynes Christmas Lights Switch-on
Saturday 18th November, 3pm-5pm, Midsummer Boulevard
MyMiltonKeynes is kicking off the festive season with a spectacular free Christmas lights switch-on,
taking place on Saturday 18th November (3-5pm) on Midsummer Boulevard.
This year’s event, hosted by MKFM presenters Trev and Wes, will be packed full of festive fun, including
live music, dance performances, and local choirs. You can warm-up with MKFM’s DJ Keith Hurley
between 3-4pm, with the main show kicking off at 4pm. It will take place in the turning circle area
between Midsummer Place and centre:mk shopping centres. The full show schedule will be available
to view on our events page of our website and across our social media channels.
Families are encouraged to put on their Christmas hats and join in the celebration of lighting up our
much-loved city. Some of our favourite Milton Keynes mascots will be on parade and the event will
culminate with the switching on of the lights by Father Christmas, joined by the Milton Keynes Mayor
and Mayoress Mick and Mandy Legg.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes said:
“The switching on of Milton Keynes’ Christmas lights is always a special occasion. It is one of the
highlights of the year seeing families and friends gather to celebrate the start of the festive season in
the heart of our city.”
MyMiltonKeynes, which is funded by city centre businesses, is installing Christmas lights in Central
Milton Keynes for the seventh year running. This year the installation includes a giant moving
projection along the outside of Midsummer Place, above the MyMiltonKeynes office. This will be a
must-see attraction in the city.
There is plenty to do throughout Milton Keynes in the lead-up to Christmas. The popular centre:mk
Santa’s Grotto is back in Middleton Hall and includes an immersive theatrical Christmas adventure with
The Snowman, (17 November – 24 December). Book here.
Midsummer Place will have plenty to fill your senses with tastes of Christmas and must-do photo
opportunities, as well as their annual charity Christmas Tree Festival, (18 November – 24 December).
Cinderella is this year’s panto, staring the legendary Brian Conley, which will be arriving at Milton
Keynes Theatre on the 9th of December and will be running shows right through to 14th January 2024.
You can book tickets here.
You can feast on culinary delights throughout the city, with its array of worldwide cuisines from the
newly refurbished Hub right up to 12th Street and everywhere in between.
Xscape is packed full of everything you could wish for under one roof this Christmas time, from
restaurants, cafes, retailers, and activities for all the family to enjoy. They will be hosting charities
throughout the festive period and sharing the kindness and giving this season brings.
The much-loved Willen Hospice Santa Dash, sponsored by MyMiltonKeynes, takes place on Sunday 17
December (10am arrival for 10.30 start) at Willen Lake, giving participants a chance to raise funds for
this incredible local charity. Entry is now open, visit here to sign up.For further information about MyMiltonKeynes please visit www.mymiltonkeynes.co.uk and keep up
to date with all of the latest information from your Business Improvement District by following
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