Portsmouth Christmas light switch on: When is it? What time will it start? Who is turning the lights on? Will there be fireworks? Everything you need to know 

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Christmas is just over a month away and Portsmouth is really beginning to feel festive. 

From the Guildhall ice rink to the German style market stalls along Commercial Road, it is starting to look a lot like Christmas indeed. 

Commercial Road Christmas lights will be switched on this week. Picture: Michael Scaddan

Commercial Road Christmas lights will be switched on this week. Picture: Michael Scaddan

But one major part of the festive season in the city is currently missing – the Christmas lights. 

However that is soon about to change as the Commercial Road lights will be turned on this week. 

Here’s what you need to know: 

When are the lights being turned on? 

The Commercial Road lights will be turned on this Thursday – November 22 – to coincide with the late night Christmas shopping in the city centre. 

Which means that the switch on is just two days from now. 

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What time will they be turned on? 

The lights will be switched on at 6pm on Thursday. 

Who is switching on the lights? 

Former X Factor star and I’m a Celebrity runner up Jake Quickenden – who is starring in the The Kings Theatre panto this year – will be switching on the lights. 

Together with Father Christmas and the Lord of Mayor of Portsmouth. 

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Is there any other entertainment? 

There will be a free, fun family event with local acts, dance schools and entertainers, from 4pm. 

As well as a fireworks display – weather permitting. 

And on top of that there will also be the opening of the festive Christmas market in Commercial Road.