christmas festival

Devizes Christmas Festival & Lantern Parade - 24th November 2017

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Attracting crowds of up to 3,000 and celebrating the start of the festive season, Devizes Christmas Festival boasts one of the region's biggest lantern processions. A river of hundreds of beautiful creations, made by community participants will wend its way through the town, collect Father Christmas on route and arrive back in the Market Place for the Devizes Christmas Lights switch on. Our Christmas markets are a great place to get special hand made gifts created by local craftspeople and makers.

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(thanks to James Harrison Productions)

Christmas Markets

Market Place 12.30pm – 8.30pm

An open air market selling Christmas gifts and decorations, food and drink.

Corn Exchange 2.30pm – 8.30pm

Find unique Christmas gifts at our indoor market offering a range of high quality hand-made goods.

Interested in booking a Stall at Devizes Christmas Festival and markets? Please fill in our initial enquiry form on the Stalls page 


Questions? Contact us at or on 07500 786541

Entertainment, Lantern Parade & the Big Switch On

Sidmouth Street Winter Festival 

Including music & performance, children's attractions, great food, mulled wine bar, high class raffle & craft stalls.

Santa’s Grotto Albion Place 

Come and see our Christmas Tree and Santa in his grotto – This is a free event


The Market Place will host entertainment from 5pm including Devizes Town Band, Fantasy FM and performers from Circomedia.

Lantern Parade

Starting at 6.15pm from Sidmouth Street led by Santa Claus.

The biggest and most beautiful lantern parade in Wiltshire will wind its way from Sidmouth Street to the Market Place. Follow this magical spectacle with hundreds of lanterns made by local schools, community groups and individuals follow them to the big light switch on.

Christmas Light Switch on and Fireworks

Santa will switch on the Christmas lights at 6.45pm in the Market Place.

Come and be part of this wonderful event and breathe in the true community spirit of the season.


Free Lantern Making Workshops

We hold a number of Lantern making workshops in the run up to the Parade - these are often with local schools, but we do also hold open workshops at the Crown Centre  - open to all, materials supplied FREE:

Keep a look out on our social media to find out when these will be happening in 2017. 

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Thanks to James Harrison for the amazing photographs