Christmas events in the Royal Borough

Eltham Lights Up

Thursday 16 November, 4pm to 7pm

Eltham High Street, SE9

Eltham will be transformed as the Royal Borough of Greenwich hosts the free annual Eltham Lights Up Christmas lights switch-on.

Highlights include street performers, a live music stage and vintage film showings inside a cinema van. The Eltham Centre features Meccano model displays and pop up performances, while the Cafe will open till late.

A small scale replica of a vintage double decker bus will be going up and down the high street, offering free rides to children and adults accompanying them.

The Christmas lights switch-on is at 6pm, and will be followed by a spectacular pyrotechnic finale.

Eltham Police station is opening its doors for the event, from 4pm to 7pm. Local officers and dogs from the police dog training school will be there to meet and greet the public. There will also be the opportunity to meet police horses, take part in a quiz, enter a children's colouring in competition to win prizes and chat to police officers and cadets about joining the Met cadets.

Eltham Fire Station will also be open from 4pm to 7pm to have a look around.

Local discounts

Many town centre shops and businesses will be holding special promotions or staying open late.

More information about the Greenwich One Card and GreenwichCard discounts

Lantern parade

A spectacular illuminated parade of lanterns, created by hundreds of local children and their families, follows the Christmas lights switch-on.

The theme this year is 'lighting up the night sky'. There will be a space, solar system and space exploration concept to the parade. The moon, planets and distant stars will be represented with illuminated lanterns and larger structures and there will be reflective and luminous costumes and decorated bicycles to bring starlight to Eltham High Street.

Road closures during Eltham Lights Up

The following roads will be closed to all traffic from 4pm to 8pm:

  • Eltham High Street
  • Blunts Road
  • Archery Road
  • North Park Road
  • Roper Street
  • Elm Terrace
  • Pound Place
  • North West side of Gourock Road
  • South West side of Footscray Road.