Luton Borough Council
Events and activities
Lighting up Luton is our annual celebration that traditionally takes place on the last Saturday of November. It’s when our Christmas lights are switched on and we usually have a special guest courtesy of Luton Bid.
We’re delighted to announce that Lighting up Luton for Christmas will return to Luton town centre this year. Sponsored by London Luton Airport Ltd, this exciting event will take place on Saturday 27 November.
This year’s special guests are Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol, who will be entertaining families in the lead-up to the light switch-on by making personal appearances at separate intervals between 1.15 and 4.15pm on George Street. Visitors will be able to see them again at the light switch-on at 5.30pm too.
Luton BID have kindly arranged this extra special festive treat to take place.
Stage entertainment will take place from 2pm onwards:
- 2pm - 2.30pm Warriorz
- 2.40pm - 3.20pm Luton Youth Brass Band
- 3.30pm - 4.10pm Luton Youth Rock
- 4.20pm - 4.50pm Olivia Lynn
- 5pm - 5.30pm Luton Youth Funk Orchestra
- 5.30pm Lights Switch On
- 5.40 - 5.50pm Luton Youth Funk Orchestra
The Mall Luton will also open their Christmas Giving Grotto on Saturday 27 November. It will be open every weekend from 27 November, and then daily from Saturday 18 December until Christmas Eve. Visitors to the Mall will be encouraged to experience the true magic of Christmas by giving back to local families, as proceeds from a visit will go to Luton Foodbank.
A visit to the grotto includes meeting Father Christmas, a gift and the elves workshop craft experience.
London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) have generously agreed to be the principal sponsor, making the event possible. LLAL is the company which owns London Luton Airport, and while it takes no part in the day-to-day running of the airport, it has a significant role to play in planning for its long-term success.
The company sponsor the event as part of its work to raise the profile of the airport and as a way of thanking Luton residents for their ongoing support.