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Stratford Christmas Lights Article - October/November 23

Stratford Christmas Lights Celebrates Its 40th Year

Stratford-upon-Avon’s famous Christmas Lights will once again be illuminating the town during the festive Season between 4pm-11pm daily from 18th November 2023 until 3rd January 2024.

The 2023 display is extra special as it marks 40 years since two local guest house owners formed a volunteer committee and arranged the first town wide Christmas Lights display.

40 years later, Stratford’s Christmas Lights are still organised by a team of dedicated, independent volunteers who organise not only the illuminations but also source all the funding needed to make them happen. The display is loved by residents and visitors alike and is thought to be one of the best in the UK and the largest, comparable to the size of the town, covering 14 streets with lights stretching from Clopton Bridge in the South of the town to Greenhill Street in the North. 

To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, Stratford-upon-Avon Christmas Lights committee have commissioned new lighting schemes for Bridge Street and Ely Street that, like the rest of the display, use the latest in energy saving LED technology and are made from recycled steel and bio print plastics that can be ground down and composted when the motifs have reached the end of their useful life.   

Please consider supporting Stratford-upon-Avon’s Christmas Lights by donating towards the cost of the display to ensure the lights keep illuminating the town for another 40 years. None of the funding is guaranteed and every penny raised goes towards the upkeep and improvements of the display. You can donate by scanning the QR code below or visiting our website

Photo credits: Con McHugh