Stafford's Big Christmas Switch On Show

saturday 17th november

This year’s Big Christmas Switch on Show will be guaranteed festive fun for all the family!

Thousands of people are expected to yet again gather around the Christmas tree in the centre of Stafford on Saturday 17 November at 5pm, when the town’s much loved Christmas lights will be officially switched on.

As a fitting tribute, the honours of pushing the button at Stafford’s Big Christmas Switch on Show will go to representatives from the Royal Air Force’s Tactical Supply Wing based at MoD Stafford.

The RAF originally had units in Stafford back in the 1930s and 2018 marks its 100th birthday.

Once again the magical light spectacular will be followed by a sensational firework display; providing just the right amount of Christmas sparkle in the sky above the square to kick off the festive season.

In Princes Street the Makers Market will be returning for the second year and there will also be a Christmas themed Craft Fair at the Ancient High House Museum in Greengate Street, with free entry to this and the museum all day.

To get the party started, the magical atmosphere will start to spread throughout the town centre from 3pm with an old-school Christmas Disco followed by a 70s themed performance from Dancing Queen ‘The Concert’ – an action-packed show featuring the greatest hits from Abba, Grease and Boogie Nights, to help get everyone in the mood and rocking around the Christmas tree! 

Dick Whittington - Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

Don’t forget our brilliant Rock ‘n’ Roll panto, Dick Whittington at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre which runs from Friday 7 December until Sunday 6 January 2019. 

This hilarious version of the traditional tale provides a rock ‘n’ rolling rollercoaster of an adventure story, as Dick Whittington attempts to outwit the evil King Rat, free Alice the Alderman’s daughter and take up his rightful position as the Mayor. 

Dick is helped along the way by Tabby the trusty cat, Sarah the Cook and Fairy Bow Bells. The result is a fast, furious and funny feast of festive entertainment, designed to delight all the family, with a talented cast of actor/musicians serving up over twenty rock and soul classic songs.

Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting