Merseyside is getting into the festive spirit and a great way to celebrate the start of the season of goodwill is to attend a Christmas lights switch on.

There are plenty of them happening across the region and many of the events are offering lots more attractions for you and your family and friends to enjoy.

Some events will be offering fairs, a chance to meet Santa Claus, grottos, live music and more.

There will also be food and drink available at some of the planned events.

Here are some of the Christmas light switch on events that are happening across Merseyside ...

Liverpool

Woolton

Woolton Village Father Christmas event.

Every November for the last 22 years, Woolton Village Residents Association has funded and organised a Father Christmas tour of the village in his sleigh.

It has provided the huge Christmas tree with LED flashing lights - and these stay on until the new year - and the kiddies Grotto and Lodes Pond Allerton Road.

The switch on of the main Christmas tree lights and Lodes Pond.

When:  Wednesday, November 30 2019 at 4.15pm.

Where: Woolton Village Residents Association, Allerton Road, Woolton,

 

Knowsley

Huyton

Huyton Village's Christmas light switch-on will coincide with November's first Huyton Live event.

There will also be a firework display for the finale.

The fun will begin at 12 midday and there will be food, drink, live music and a reindeer visiting.

There will be live entertainment from 4.30pm until 8.30pm - and the Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.30pm.

When: Friday, November 22 at 6.30pm - but the fun will begin at 12 midday

Where: Huyton Village

Kirkby

There will be a Christmas lights event at Kirkby town centre on Thursday, November 21 from 4pm until 7pm.

It will take place in the Newtown Gardens.

There will be music and festive fun, with performances from Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and an entertainment line-up including Ben from Phats and Small, Katy Ashworth from Cbeebies and 2014 X-Factor finalist, Jack Walton.

A spectacular firework display with also conclude the evening.

When: Thursday, November 21 from 4pm until 7pm

Where: Newton Gardens, Kirkby town centre

A choir sings. Picture by Andrew Teebay

Halewood

This Christmas, you can take your family to New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre in Halewood.

There, you can watch the Christmas lights switch on, visit Santa’s Grotto and receive a gift.

You can even create a letter for Santa, too, and more.

There will be face painting, a raffle, arts and craft activities.

The event takes place Friday December 6 between 3.30pm and 6pm - with the lights being switched on at 5.45pm.

This year, Halewood Town Council  and partners at Hurricane Productions are presenting Jack & The Beanstalk, with tickets costing £2 per child, which includes a selection box and visit by Santa Claus.

Accompanying adults are free and tickets are available from the Hollies and Arncliffe Centres.

When: The event takes place Friday, December 6 between 3.30pm and 6pm - the lights being switched on at 5.45pm.

Where: New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood, Liverpool, L26 1TT

Whiston

Willowbrook Hospice will hold two services, "Light Up A Life," to mark the turning on the lights on the Christmas trees.

The services will be held at Prescot Parish Church on December 9 at 7pm and St Marys Lowe House Church on December 11 at 7pm.

When: December 9 at 7pm ( Prescot Parish Church), and December 11 at 7pm (St Marys Lowe House Church)

Where:  Prescot Parish Church and St Marys Lowe House Church.

Cronton

Cronton Tree Lighting and Ecumenical Carol Service will take place on Tuesday, December 17.

The tree lighting will be at 7pm at Coronation Gardens.

Following that will be the Carol Service at 7.30pm at Holy Family Church on Hall Lane and a reception at Holy Family Social Club at 8pm.

When:  Tuesday, December 17.

Where: Coronation Gardens, Cronton

 

Sefton

Crosby  

The Crosby Christmas Lights Switch On will be held from 3pm with the lights switched on at 6pm by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns.

Both Labour Party Candidates, MP Bill Esterson and Bootle MP Peter Dowd are expected to attend.

There will be a funfair for the kids.

The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 6pm.

The tree has been planted in the Lady Diana Bed and Gardens, so will not be in it's usual location.

When: Friday, November 22 at 6pm, but the fun starts at 3pm

Where: Crosby Village

Thornton

There will be carols, choirs, a visit from Santa courtesy of Rotary Club Crosby, a Christmas horse from Shy Lowen and more.

Celebrate the start of the Christmas period.

When: Friday, November 22 - Thornton Christmas Lights Switch On starts at 6pm, lights switch on at 6.45pm

Where: On the Village Green opposite the Nags Head Pub

Bootle

The Christmas Lights Switch On in Bootle will be held by Bootle Action Group.

The lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor June Burns.

There will be free face-painting, raffles, games, free refreshments, live music from 'Singing Our Socks Off' and local celebrity singer George Gallagher.

The entertainment will begin at 2pm and the light switch on at 5pm.

There will be a box for food bank donations, which will be next to the raffle table. Or you can pass to any steward in orange jackets.

When: Saturday, November 23 - the fun starts from 2pm with the lights switch on at 5pm

Where: Bootle Library, 220 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3EN

A Christmas tree's lights are switched on. Photo by Colin Lane

Formby  

Formby will see the return of Frosty the Snowman again this year which will be at Formby Pool.

There will be Christmas market stalls, children's fairground rides and entertainment from 2pm.

All the fun will culminate in the lights being switched on at 5pm.

The event is free entry as always.

When: Sunday, November 24 at 5pm - the lights are switched on at 5pm, but the event starts at 2pm, and the festivities will continue on through until 7.30pm.

Where: Formby

Melling

The fun begins at 6pm and the Christmas Lights will be turned on at 6.45pm.

The event has been organised by the Parish Council and there will be carols and community awards inside the pub.

When: Monday, November 27 from 6pm until 8pm

Where:  The Horse and Jockey Pub, 6 Waddicar Lane, Melling, L31 1DU

Kirkstone Road North Park

The L21 Community Network host the Christmas Lights Switch On, on Wednesday, November 27.

There will be lchoirs, face-painting and refreshments.

There will be special guests and much more.

When: Wednesday, November 27, from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Where: Kirkstone Road North Park, Litherland

Crowds turned up to a Christmas lights switch-on event. Photo by Ian Cooper

Netherton, Marian Square

The celebrations begin when Father Christmas turns up on his sleigh at the car park at 12midday.

A charity Christmas fayre will be held in the Feelgood Factory from 12midday until4pm.

There will be a community market in Marion Square from 4pm to 9pm.

There will be a Christmas float and Santa Claus from 12midday until 6.30pm.

Entertainments will happen from 4pm until 6.30pm.

At 6pm the Christmas tree lights will be turned on.

When: Wednesday, November 27 at 6pm  - but the fun begins at 12midday

Where: Netherton, Marian Square

Hightown Village

The village Christmas tree light switch-on is on Wednesday, November 27 at 6.30pm.

There will be mulled wine and mince pies, and carols performed by the Salvation Army band.

When: Wednesday, November 27 at 6.30pm

Where: Hightown Village

South Park in Bootle

This event is hosted by Friends of South Park Bootle.

The light switch on is at 5pm.

When: Friday, November 29 at 5pm

Where: South Park in Bootle is Hawthorn Road, Balliol Road, Bootle, L20 3AB

 

Seaforth Christmas Fair and Christmas Lights Switch at Bowersdale Park, Seaforth

This event will be presented by the Friends of Bowersdale Park.

There will be dancing by Connect Studios and schoolchildren singing.

There will be stalls, food and entertainment.

When: Saturday, November 30 at 5pm - but the fun begins at 12.30pm

Where: Crescent Road, Seaforth, Liverpool, L21 4LJ

Aintree Village 
Aintree Village Community will hold its Christmas Tree Switch from 5pm on Saturday, November 30.

It will take place at the Valentine Pub.

Tickets for Santa’s Grotto can be purchased now at £3 per child from the Valentine Pub.

When: Saturday, November 30 at 5pm

Where: Aintree Village

The Southport Christmas Parade

The fifth anniversary Southport Charity Christmas Parade will take place on Sunday, December 1.

A vehicle light parade - with cars, vans, trucks and floats - leaves Pontins Ainsdale at 4pm.

Good viewing spots are at The Victoria Pub, Southport Promenade or The Lakeside Inn.

When: Sunday, December 1

Where: Southport

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