No formal light switch-on in Cirencester this year

There will be no formal Christmas light switch-on in Cirencester for the second year running due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a release, Cirencester Town Council said that its usual Advent Festival and switch-on had been revised because of uncertainty regarding the outbreak in the winter months, with this year’s switch-on set to be a virtual event instead of a formal one.

However, it noted that Christmas lights will be on display as usual and that the tree will be lit up on the Market Place again.

It also said that a number of outdoor markets are due to take place amid the festive season, with the highlight of the period being Cirencester’s biggest-ever Advent Market between 11am and 6pm on November 27.

This will boast over 100 stalls, with stands located in Castle Street, Cricklade Street and down the entire Market Place.

Cirencester Town Council’s Gary Selwyn, lead member for Community Services, said he was particularly looking forward to the large-scale market, saying it promised “to be a great family day, showcasing local traders and supporting [Cirencester] town centre’s economy”.

“I know that many local people look forward to seeing the annual festive light display and some may find it disappointing that a formal switch-on event can’t go ahead this year,” he said.

“However, coronavirus is still prevalent and we feel the event has been adapted accordingly to deliver a festive experience while considering the risks.”

For more information about the Advent Market, visit


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