Thornbury Christmas lights switch-on is back

THORNBURY’S annual Christmas lights switch-on event is coming back this year – for the first time in four years.

Thornbury Christmas Lights Association, which organises the display and the switch-on, has announced that the celebration in the High Street will be take place on Tuesday, November 21.

There will be a community market, organised with Love Thornbury, from 5pm, with the lights being switched on at 7pm.

Although light displays continued through the pandemic, the last time a celebration event was held was back in 2019.

Since then the High Street has been transformed by a major and controversial series of changes introduced by South Gloucestershire Council, and the TCLA says that this means the traditional funfair accompanying the switch-on will not be able to take place.

TCLA spokesperson Emma Jane Higgins said it would be a “welcome return” for the event after so many years away.

She said: “We cannot wait to return to a switch-on event and bring so much festive cheer to the local community!

“Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates or drop us an email with any queries at

“Unfortunately, due to the current position of the works on the High Street and the uncertainty in regards to the timeline of these developments, we will not be able to host a funfair as we have in previous years.”