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If you’re excited about Christmas and all the sparkle and glitz it brings, you’re going to love what Herefordshire has planned to kick start the festive season celebrations. Find out where Herefordshire Christmas Lights 2018 are being switched on from our list below:

Saturday 17 November

Sat, Nov 17 | Lights switch on 5.00pm|
Santa’s parade & grotto, children’s fair rides, Bromyard Wind Band & Choral Society & Christmas stalls.
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Hereford Maylords Shopping Centre
Sat, Nov 17 | Lights switch on 5.30pm |

Hereford | Maylords Shopping Centre

Enchanted Kingdom
Take a snowy footstep into the Enchanted Kingdom’s brand new Christmas Grotto, Hereford’s best Christmas attraction.

After two extremely successful years at Maylord Shopping Centre Hereford, they have very own permanent premises there. In addition to their new Christmas experience, they will be bringing numerous other live, interactive experiences throughout the year.

Surround yourself in the magic of one of the world’s most beloved Christmas tales… How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Upon entering the Enchanted Kingdom you will be swept away to Whoville to watch a LIVE performance featuring Cindy-Lou Who and the mean one himself…THE GRINCH!

After the show, take a walk into the Winter Wonderland in preparation for your moment with Santa Claus in the Enchanted Forest. Each child will be presented with a special gift.

In addition to this, photos will be taken with Santa, which can be purchased at your own discretion.
To sign up for PRIORITY TICKETS head to their website and sign up to receive booking details 24 hours before tickets go on general sale.

Call: 07549 942174 or 07710 226434

Hereford Old Market
Sat, Nov 17 | Lights switch on 5.30pm |
Activities from 2.00 – 7.00pm

Sunday 18 November

Hereford High Town
Sun, Nov 18 | 3.00pm Entertainment start & lights switch on at 5.00pm | Hereford City Centre
The Sunshine radio Live Stage will be in High Town with a start time of 3pm. The Lights will go on at 5pm with a finale from Brit Award winning headliners Liberty X.

Friday 23 November

Hay on Wye Festival Winter Weekend
Fri, Nov 23 | ChristmaLight Switch on |

Hay on Wye Winter Wonderland

Sat, Sun Nov 24 & 25 | Hay Food Festival & Hay Does Vintage
Festival magic for all the family. Enjoy Hay Festival Winter Weekend and the start of Advent in Hay on Wye. See Hay-on-Wye transformed into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer!

Writer, broadcaster and smallholder Kate Humble will switch-on Hay-on-Wye’s Christmas Lights as part of her Hay Festival Winter Weekend appearance on Friday 23 November.

The free switch-on event will take place between 5pm and 7pm in The Cheese Market, accompanied by carol singing and readings to kick off the festival weekend in good spirits.

Families are invited to create their own colourful Christmas lanterns in Hay Public Library from 3.30pm, before joining the Hay Festival Winter Weekend procession at 5.30pm from the Library to the Market Square, led by Kate.

Kate is one of the UK’s best-known TV presenters. She started her television career as a researcher, later presenting programmes such as Animal Park, Springwatch and Autumnwatch, Lambing Live, Living with Nomads, Extreme Wives and Back to the Land.

Her new book, Thinking on my Feet, is an ode to the life-changing magic of the simple act of walking. Kate will be talking about the book on the Hay Festival Winter Weekend stage immediately following the lights switch-on. Her event is at 7pm in the Festival Tent. More information

Saturday 24 November

Sat, Nov 24 | Activities start at 1.00pm & lights switch on 5.30pm |
Activities and entertainment during the afternoon culminating in the Christmas lights switch on which starts with the arrival of Santa at the Market House. Visit Santa in his grotto and have a photograph taken with him.

Sat, Nov 24 | Lights switch on 4.00pm |

Leominster Christmas

Sunday 25 November

Ross on Wye | Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch On
Sun, Nov 25 | Lights switch on 4.00pm |

Ross on Wye annual Christmas Fayre with Father Christmas in his grotto and over 40 stalls to peruse. Open from 11.00 – 5.00pm. The Market House, High Street, St Mary’s Ross on Wye
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Ross on Wye Christmas Fayre

And don’t forget….there will be late night shopping across the city with FREE parking from 4.00 – 8.00pm at the Old Market  and Herefordshire Council car parks  from 4.00pm every Wednesday from mid November.

More Christmas events in Herefordshire here