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Watch: Sheffield’s Christmas Lights Switch-On Moves Online

Sheffield Christmas Lights in the Peace Gardens
Sheffield Christmas Lights in the Peace Gardens. Photo: Sheffield City Council

The annual switch-on for Sheffield’s Illuminations is an online event this year.

Sheffield’s Christmas Lights Switch-On Moves Online

Watch the Christmas Lights Switch-On here now:


Sheffield’s popular annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event has been moved online due to the ongoing pandemic.

In normal circumstances, thousands of Steel City residents would attend a huge switch on event in Sheffield City Centre.

However, with a national lockdown in place the event cannot take place normally and will be moved online this year.

“Our light switch on always signifies the start of the Christmas season and I know that many people will be disappointed that we can’t hold a public event this year.

“Instead we are bringing the event right in to your homes, where everyone can watch safely as we light up the city, and hopefully lift people’s spirits with some festive cheer.”Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure

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Watch Sheffield’s Christmas Lights Switch-On Online

A special pre-recorded show will be broadcast on Sheffield City Council’s YouTube and Social Media platforms instead.

Hosted by Heart Yorkshire’s Dixie and Emma, the programme will see Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Downing, hand over the key to the lights to special guest Father Christmas.

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The Lord Mayor of Sheffield will then push the plunger to turn on the Sheffield’s Christmas Lights.

The Sheffield Christmas Lights Switch-On show will be available to watch from 6pm on Friday 13 November.

Sheffield’s Christmas Lights Illuminating Across The City Centre

Sheffield’s Illuminations will be switched on from 6pm on Friday 13 November and will last until Tuesday 5 January 2021.

The Christmas lights can be seen across Fargate, Pinstone Street, the Peace Gardens, The Moor, Barkers Pool and Division Street.

“Our time away from the home should be limited but for those of you where it is safe to do so, I’m know you’ll enjoy a walk around the city centre during the Christmas period, taking in the festive lights, grabbing a family photo in our Peace Gardens bauble and picking up a few gifts on your way.“

I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas-time and hope we can all find simple ways to appreciate and enjoy the season.”Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure

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Sheffield Illuminations During Lockdown

Sheffield City Council are reminding people that the switch-on event is pre-recorded and takes place online this year. Therefore the advice is to not gather in large groups at switch-on time.

Although people can’t gather for the switch-on event this year, you can take in the illuminations on a walk though the city centre or whilst shopping for essential items.

It is hoped that lockdown restrictions will be relaxed somewhat after Wednesday 2 December when shops and hospitality venues may be allowed to open.

“Christmas is a time when we all want to be with our loved ones, coming together to celebrate and look forward to the year ahead. This Christmas is going to be different for us all in many ways, but I cannot stress the importance of acting within the current restrictions because nothing is more important than protecting ourselves and our loved ones.

“I want to thank everyone for the sacrifices you are all making and will continue to make this Christmas. Right now the best gift we can give is keeping each other safe and well so that we can all look forward to a happy and healthy new year.

“We will keep adapting swiftly as and when restrictions change to make sure people and businesses in the city can get the most out of and enjoy Christmas in Sheffield.” Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council


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