Celebrate Winter in Watford

Celebrate the festive season in Watford with Christmas shows, ice skating, Santa's grotto, shopping and more!

Published: Thursday, 8th November 2018

On Thursday 15 November, Watford will mark the start of the festive season with the switching on of the Christmas lights in the town centre and at intu Watford. There will be children’s activities and local performances throughout the mall from 4pm, with the main event presented by BBC Radio 1’s Chris Stark from 6pm to 7pm on the bridge by John Lewis, followed by fireworks.

Intu will also be hosting several events and activities over the Christmas period, including Santa’s Grotto from Friday 23 November to Monday 24 December and will be open for late-night shopping with free parking after 6pm on weekdays from Monday 3 December to Friday 21 December.

Explore the town centre this winter with Watford BID’s fun festive trail. From Saturday 1 December to Sunday 30 December, visitors can pick-up or download a free trail map and search for colourful Angels and Elves placed in windows of local businesses.

The Big Skate returns to The Parade from Saturday 24 November to Sunday 13 January. Part of Watford Borough Council’s Big Events series the ice rink will be open from 12pm to 9pm on weekdays and 11am to 9pm on weekends.

Watford Colosseum will play host to several Christmas productions and events throughout November and December, including children’s show Santa Claus & the Magical Christmas Journey from Saturday 1 December to Monday 24 December and Ballet Theatre UK will be presenting The Sleeping Beauty on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December.

From Wednesday 5 December to Saturday 5 January, Watford Palace Theatre present Jack & the Beanstalk, a traditional family pantomime featuring sing-a-long songs, dance and slapstick comedy.

For further details and to find out what else is on in Watford this winter visit: www.winterinwatford.com

Winter in Watford Listings:

  • 15 November
  • Light Switch On from 6pm
  • intu Watford, upper mall, outside John Lewis
  • 23 November - 24 December
  • Santa's Grotto
  • intu Watford, The Gallery
  • 24 November - 13 January
  • Big Skate
  • The Parade by The Pond
  • 1 December - 30 December
  • Angels & Elves Festive Trail
  • Various - Watford town centre
  • 1 December – 24 December
  • Santa Claus & the Magical Christmas Journey
  • Watford Colosseum
  • 3 December– 21 December
  • Late Night Opening
  • intu Watford
  • 3 December – 21 December
  • Free Parking after 6pm on weekdays
  • intu Watford
  • 5 December – 5 January
  • Jack & the Beanstalk
  • Watford Palace Theatre
  • 22 December – 23 December
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • Watford Colosseum

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