Get ready for Perth’s biggest ever Christmas party!

Perth Christmas Light Switch On

17th NOVEMBER 2018


Perth City Centre

High Street
Perth and Kinross
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Get ready for Perth’s biggest ever Christmas party!

Perth’s biggest ever Christmas party is set to go off with a bang on Saturday 17 November with live music from pop superstar Pixie Lott and singer songwriter James Arthur on a main stage compered by Britain’s Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern.

Taking you from afternoon into evening, Perth’s Christmas Light’s Switch-On has something for everyone – stages, entertainment-packed streets and an array of tasty treats and street food await you, as Perth prepares to countdown to Christmas 2018!

This is a FREE event.

Make Perth your number one destination this festive season!

Christmas Parade

Led by Santa the Christmas Parade starts from Thimblerow at 5.30pm, before making its way to South Street/Speygate, where the parade will finish. If you are planning to view the light switch on after viewing the parade please note that the only access to Tay Street is opposite Perth Museum and Art Gallery at the end of George Street/Bridge Lane.

The Light Switch-On and Fireworks

At 6.15pm the lights will be switched on by the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy, who will be joined on stage by a host of stars and special guests. Provost Melloy will press the big red button to trigger the festive lights, followed by an impressive fireworks display over the River Tay.

Santa’s Grotto and Ice Caves

12 noon to 9.00 pm – Saturday 17 Nov

12 noon to 5.00 pm Sunday 18 Nov

Horsecross Plaza

Visit Santa in his special grotto to let him know your biggest Christmas wish in person. Then go see the elves to collect your special Perth Christmas present, before exploring the special ice caves.

Santa’s Animal Friends

12.00 noon – 4.30 pm Saturday 17 Nov

Mill Street

Visit the Cairngorm reindeer, and Santa’s other four-legged friends who help him out around the North Pole when Rudolph is having a well-deserved rest.

Ice Carving

12.00 noon – 5.00 pm Saturday 17 Nov and Sunday 18 Nov

Mill Street

Once again the masters of ice carving Glacial Art will amaze you as they create works of art from the great blocks of ice right before your eyes.

All the Fun of the Fair

10.00 am – 9.00 pm Saturday 17 Nov

10.00 am – 5.00 pm Sunday 18 Nov

Horizon Car Park, Mill Street

Come and experience the thrills of the Horne’s funfair rides, with something for all the family.

Make sure you scream if you want to go faster.

Street Entertainers

12 noon onwards – Saturday 17 Nov

Various places in city centre

Here are a few of the street entertainers you can expect to see at our Christmas Light Switch-On:

– Bad Santas: Bad Santa’s is a Christmas entertainment walkabout with a pumping soundtrack, spectacularly dreadful breakdancing, their own mobile dance floor and joyful Christmas comedy.

– Liver Cottage at Christmas: Introducing festive foodie fun for all, Hugh Fern and Lee Whittingstall are on the move in their mobile, musical Christmas kitchen.

– Fagin and Dodge: Take to the streets of Perth in this Dickensian Christmas stilts walkabout. Theatrical and engaging, this duo charm their way into audiences hearts. It’s straight out of Oliver Twist.

– The Raiju: Meet the Raiju at the Perth at Lights Switch On as they unleash their very own brand of cute chaos on the unsuspecting public.


Saturday 17 November

10.00 am – Chocolate & Gin Street Fest Opens (George Street)

12 noon – Year of Young People Stage Opens (King Edward Street)

12 noon – Children’s Stage Opens (Horsecross Plaza)

12 noon – Street Entertainment Begins (various streets)

12 noon – Santa’s Grotto and Ice Caves open

2.30 pm – Main Stage Opens (Tay Street)

4.30 pm – Parade groups gather (Thimblerow)

5.00 pm – Year of Young People Stage Closes

5.00 pm – Children’s Stage Closes

5.30 pm – Christmas Parade Starts (Thimblerow to Speygate via South Street)

6.15 pm – Christmas Lights Switch-On and Fireworks (Tay Street)

6.20 pm – Main Stage Headline Performances Begin

8.30 pm – Main Stage Closes

9.00 pm – Santa’s Grotto and Ice Caves Close

9.00 pm – Chocolate & Gin Street Fest Closes


Year of Young People Stage

King Edward Street

12.00 – Stage Opened by Compere Colin Baird

12.05 pm – Chloe Ashe

12.40 pm – Phoenix Cheerleaders

1.10 pm – Fair City Baton Twirlers

1.45 pm – Inspire Studios

2.10 pm – Goodlyburn Primary School

2.30 pm – Christmas Talent Competition

3.05 pm – Letham Majorettes

3.30 pm – BBC Super Movers Crew

3.45 pm – Julie Young School of Dance

4.10 pm – Ad Lib

4.30 pm – Perth College UHI Musical Theatre

Children’s Stage

Horsecross Plaza

12.00 noon – Stage Opened by Compere Mark Conroy

12.05 pm – Cobbler’s Christmas Show Part 1

12.30 pm – Titan the Robot

2.00 pm – Titan the Robot

2.30 pm – Cobbler’s Christmas Show Part 2

3.00 pm – Chloe Ashe

3.30 pm – Titan the Robot

4.00 pm – Only One Direction

4.50 pm – BBC Super Movers Crew

Main Stage

Tay Street

Stage compered during the day by Linyl Vinyl

2.30 pm – Longstay

3.30 pm – Last Orders

4.50 pm – The Ex Men All Star Band

6.15 pm – Provost Switches on Christmas Lights

6.20 pm – Stephen Mulhern

6.35 pm – The Village People Experience

7.00 pm – Pixie Lott

7.40 pm – James Arthur