Chelsea Christmas Lights Switch On – Saturday 18 November 2023

The neighbourhood lights up with magical entertainment, fireworks and sparkling lights to celebrate the start of the festive season in style

On Saturday 18 November, Chelsea Christmas Lights Switch-On welcomed thousands for an afternoon of enchanting entertainment, culminating in the lights being switched on by Santa and his special helper, a local child; 6 year old Kamsi.

The King’s Road was pedestrianised, from Sloane Square to Walpole Street, and hosted a Christmas market, Santa’s reindeer, face painting, mulled wine and festive fizz, as well as a wide range of entertainment – from choirs, singers and dancers to face painters and balloon modelers – both on stage and roaming the neighbourhood. In addition, many brands participated with fantastically festive in-store activities.

Organised by Cadogan, with support from the King’s Road Partnership, the day was busier than ever, seeing a footfall uplift of over 30%. while the event raised profile and funds for the Kensington + Chelsea Foundation (a charity which supports members of the local community) and their Winter Appeal.

The glittering displays, excitement and festivities continue across Chelsea counting down until the big day. Visit the immersive ’12 Days of Christmas’ installation at Duke of York Square, which conjours up the magic of a traditional Christmas and spot characters from the iconic carol – leaping lords, dancing ladies and swimming swans, to the famous partridge in a 38ft tall pear tree.

Explore a host of delightful activity across the Chelsea neighbourhood – from complimentary horse & carriage rides, Christmas carollers, tempting offers, cosy al fresco dining, festive feasts and the best sparkling installations – find out more at



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