Throughout the year there will be events to raise money to fund Portishead Christmas Lights. These events will be listed here.

For further information please use our Contacts Page.

Portishead Christmas Lights
Portishead Christmas Lights

Current News and Forthcoming Events

The Portishead Christmas Lights Committee and all the volunteers themselves remember the people whose help and support for the Lights over many years was invaluable and who are no longer with us. In particular, Mike Schneider, Jim O’Hare, Peter Chapman, and Roger Newton are all greatly missed .

How you can support the Portishead Christmas Lights…

Portishead residents have a number of opportunities to support Portishead Christmas Lights. By supporting Switch On, The Victorian Fayre, and The Tree of Light and by donating loose change to one of the many collection tins in local shops in the High Street. It all helps Portishead maintain its reputation for having Christmas Lights which are widely regarded as being the "Best in the West" One local association decided that instead of sending Christmas Cards to each other, they would all make a donation to Portishead Christmas Lights. A supporter at a local business organised a "dress down day" with donations going to the Lights. Other local residents and groups have organised coffee mornings and garden parties. We are dependent on funds raised within the community and thank all the individuals and groups who have helped us. Please keep those donations coming. Every Penny goes towards the upkeep and improvement of our festive lights. You can contact the Secretary of Portishead Lights via this website.

Switch-on Ceremony 2017 begins 6:10 pm, at the High St Precinct, Monday Nov 27th (Father Christmas arrives around 6:15 pm)

The identity of the personality given the honour of switching on our Christmas LIghts will be kept a tightly-held secret until September.
There will be a traditional fireworks display straight after the switch-on. Father Christmas has kindly agreed to make an appearance at what is a very busy time for his workshops. Father Christmas will have his pixie helpers with him this year to help him collect all the letters. Children writing to Father Christmas must put their home address on the letters so that Father Christmas can get replies back to the right house. Father Christmas is expected to arrive in good time - around 6.15pm - to collect letters from the children and see the switch-on take place. Father Christmas will be escorted by the Coastguard, Police and Fire Services.

Picture courtesy of North Somerset Times.

Tree of Light will also light up at Switch On. The Tree of Light offers a chance to make a donation in memory of a loved one or loved ones. Donor forms can be obtained from Freemans and Morgan Westley or download via the website.

To see BBC six o’clock News coverage of the 2009 Switch-On, follow this link:

To see local press coverage of the 2015 Switch On follow this link:

Victorian Fayre, Friday 15th Dec 2017, starting 6:30pm

The Victorian Fayre takes place on Friday December the 15th. Many shops stay open and a number of local groups set up stalls too. And thier is entertainment... Most of the High Street will be closed to traffic from 6pm.

Picture courtesy of North Somerset Times.

Father Christmas will set up his grotto at Goodman Lilley's Estate Agents opposite the High Street Precinct. All children visiting the grotto will receive a small gift and a personal meeting with Father Christmas. All money raised will go to the Portishead Christmas Lights.