Festive lighting to light up district shopping areas!

Southampton City Council is pleased to announce that following feedback from residents Bitterne, Shirley, Woolston and Portswood districts will be benefiting from new festive lights and decorations this year.

Southampton City Council realise the importance of this time of year to retailers and are keen to attract new and returning visitors to retail locations across the city by providing even more festive lights and decorations than last year. From tree and star themed motifs on lamp posts to Christmas trees with animated lights, these four busy shopping locations across the city will be lit up to fill festive cheer and bring the community together.

The district lights will all be switched-on from Saturday 24 November 2018 and will be displayed until Friday 4 January 2019.

Local displays can be found at:

  • Bitterne - Bitterne Precinct
  • Shirley - Shirley High Street
  • Portswood - Portswood Road
  • Woolston - Victoria Road

A community light switch-on event will take place in Bitterne at 5pm on Saturday 24 November 2018.

Cabinet member for Homes and Culture Councillor Satvir Kaur said “It is especially exciting this year to be able to expand the festivities to our district centres too, where families can enjoy Christmas lights in their local neighbourhoods. I hope it encourages a sense of community for local people and retailers. This is something that I know local communities have wanted for some time, so it’s great to deliver this; and we will be working in partnership with local traders to bring even more Christmas cheer to our neighbourhoods in the coming years.”

City Centre lights

The city centre lights in collaboration with Go! Southampton will be displayed from Thursday 15 November 2018 and switched off on Friday 4 November 2019. This year all the lights are animated, including twinkling star themed motifs on lamp posts, lights in trees and a glittering Christmas Tree in Guildhall Square.

The Southampton Christmas Festival also returns for another year. The festival will again feature a traditional German market, and the incredible flying Santa will be returning to the skies above Southampton’s city centre precinct.

For further information visit: www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/events