Festive decorations to light up district shopping areas!

Two new areas have been funded to benefit from festive lights and decorations this year

Southampton City Council is pleased to announce that this year two new areas have been funded to benefit from festive lights and decorations, Bitterne Park Triangle and Lordshill District Centre.

This comes after the successful introduction of festive lights last year in Bitterne, Shirley, Woolston and Portswood; which will all be lit up again this year.

Bitterne ChristmasLight switch-on last yearSouthampton City Council realises 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 six busy shopping locations across the city will be lit up to fill festive cheer and bring the community together.

Local displays can be found at:

  • Bitterne - Bitterne Precinct
  • Bitterne Park Triangle
  • Shirley - Shirley High Street
  • Portswood - Portswood Road
  • Woolston - Victoria Road
  • Lordshill – Lordshill District Centre

The district lights in Woolston and Portswood will be switched-on over the weekend of 23 November. The new for 2019 lights in Bitterne Park Triangle and Lordshill will be switched on during the weekend of 30 November.

The following Community Christmas lights switch-on events will be taking place:

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet member for Homes and Culture, said: “Southampton has a unique and thriving Christmas offer, from our flying Santa to ice-skating alongside a growing retail offer that attracts over a million visitors to our great city. However, it’s important that local communities and our district high streets don’t miss out and can also take advantage of the festive season. I’m looking forward to the light switch on events happening on both sides on the city this coming weekend; bringing people together, creating a sense of belonging and pride, while helping local businesses in the area. Thank you to organisations such as Bitterne Parish Church and St James Park, along with local traders for making these events so special and enhancing what we can offer.”

City centre lights

The city centre lights in collaboration with Go! Southampton were switched on Thursday 14 November. This year some additional lights in the city centre have been provided by Go! Southampton to compliment the council’s scheme, 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 Market has also returned for another year, which features the incredible unique flying Santa who has returned to the skies above Southampton’s city centre precinct.

Pictured, Bitterne Christmas lights switch-on last year.