City of Wolverhampton has a host of family friendly fun on offer for everyone this Christmas, from Christmas light's switch-on events to Santa's Grotto and festive shopping. Find out more...
Christmas Lights Switch-ons

Christmas lights switch-on events for all the family will light up City of Wolverhampton for the countdown to Christmas. In the city centre, the fun starts at 3pm on Saturday, November 19 with a funfair, festive market in Dudley Street, real reindeer, face painting, food and drink and much more.

Get set for a full afternoon of entertainment that you won’t want to miss with the lights switch on as the finale. BBC star Hey Duggee will entertain the children and singer tony Christie will serenade the crowd with hits including the famous ‘Is this the Way to Amarillo’ before joining the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Sandra Samuels MBE and Father Christmas to switch on the lights at 6pm. 

The city centre fun is not the only festive lights celebration, as lights will also be switched on at Wednesfield, Tettenhall, Bilston and Bantock House with Father Christmas and the Mayor of Wolverhampton doing the honours, plus entertainment from local artists and Wolverhampton’s very own Dicky Dodd.  

Councillor Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member with responsibility or City Events, said: "After a fantastic year of events in the city, the Christmas lights is a great way to end the year.

The crowd have been growing in each location with families enjoying the lights being switched on to mark the start of the countdown to Christmas - they really are great free events for all the family."

All Christmas lights switch-on events are free to attend:

  • Saturday, November 19 – Wolverhampton City Centre, Queen Square – event starts 3pm – 7pm, switch on 6pm.
  • Thursday, November 24: Wednesfield, High Street - event starts at 4.30pm – 7pm, switch on 6.30pm.  
  • Friday, November 25: Bilston, Church Street – event starts at 4.30pm – 7pm, switch on 6.30pm
  • Saturday, November 26: Tettenhall, Upper Green – event starts at 4.30pm – 7pm, switch on 6.30pm. 
  • Sunday, November 27: Bantock House, Finchfield Road – event starts at 4.30pm – 7pm, switch on 6.30pm.  

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Festive family fun

Enjoy Wolverhampton are bringing more festivities to the city centre this Christmas:

Santas Grotto

Visit Santa at his Grotto before his big journey on Christmas Eve – Lower Mall Mander Centre, from Saturday 3 December every day until and including Friday 23rd December. Just £5 per child, each visitor to Santa will receive a beautifully wrapped age-appropriate gift included and can take their own photos. No booking is required. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm, Monday Saturday. Sunday 10am – 4pm. Wednesdays till 6pm and the last week before Xmas 10am – 6pm. Find full dates, times and details at

Nutcracker Trail 

Make this Christmas magical by following the Nutcracker Trail with 14 full size Nutcracker Soldiers to find, all taking up home in Wolverhampton City Centre. Head over to  to find out more information and register to play. The Nutcracker Trail runs from Saturday 19th November until Thursday 22nd December. By taking part in the FREE trail you'll be in with a chance to win amazing prizes including a £1,000, £500 and £250 loaded Enjoy Wolverhampton Gift Card that can be spent in 100+ city centre businesses.  

Santa’s Passport 

Eat, drink & be merry this Christmas! City centre pubs, clubs, bars & restaurants are taking part in Santa’s Passport that runs from Saturday 19th November – Saturday 31st December 2022. Visit 6 of our city centre's 30+ participating venues between 19th November and 31st December to be in with a chance to win great prizes to brighten up your New Year. Head over to to find out how to take part. No purchase necessary, please drink responsibly.

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Festive shopping  

If you’re after that perfect gift or just a browse, these festive shopping opportunities won’t disappoint… 

Black Friday 

Don’t miss Black Friday, 25 November, for some great offers in the city.

Festive Markets

Take advantage of Christmas market shopping days along Dudley Street from Friday December 16 right up to Thursday December 22, open 9am till 5pm.

Wolverhampton, Bilston & Wednesfield Markets are open extra days from Thursday 15 December. Great for helping you pick up those last-minute gifts and Christmas dinner ingredients, including the all-important roast, so why not order yours in advance from one of the many excellent butchers?

To find out more about the city’s markets follow ‘themarketplacewolverhampton’ on Facebook or visit the Markets.

Bantock House Christmas Fair

Come along to Bantock House, Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9LQ on Saturday 3 December for a unique Christmas shopping experience with handmade gifts, crafts, food and much more, from local makers. Admission is free and the fair runs from 11am to 4pm.

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Parking Offers

Please check back soon for Christmas parking offers.

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