Minster FM's Big Switch On

Join us at Light Switch-Ons, Christmas Fairs and Markets

We're Lighting up North Yorkshire!

Minster FM’s Big Switch On brings you all of North Yorkshire's biggest and best Christmas light switch-ons, Christmas fairs, markets and lots more.

We're on hand with music, fun, goodie-bags and plenty of festive cheer!

Look out for us on the road across North Yorkshire in our new Fiat Talento from the new Fiat Professional range of vans now available from SG Petch, York.

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Here's Where We'll be...

Energise logoAcomb Christmas Festival and Lights Switch On

Outside the Gateway Centre on Front Street, Saturday 25th November, from 9am to 5pm


There will be special Christmas edition of the monthly Acomb outdoor market on Front Street. There will be a fabulous street and indoor market, Christmas trail, Santa's grotto and train ride to enjoy throughout the day. Plus, from 2pm there will be live entertainment at the Minster FM Roadshow stage from the Main Street Sound Ladies Barbershop Chorus, Blue Light Theatre and the Acomb Community Choir. Santa will also be there and the lights will go on at 4pm.

Minster FM Coverage supported by Energise.

Helmsley Christmas Lights Switch On

Saturday 2nd December, from 4pm


Helmsley will have lots of festive entertainment throughout the day including a Star Trail, raffles, stalls and performances from the Helmsley Arts Centre and the Swinton Brass Band At 5pm TV’s Yorkshire Vet – Julian Norton will be switching on the Christmas Lights plus Santa will also be making an apperance and  will open up his grotto in the Town Hall. At 6pm the fun continues as the Town Crier will offically open the annual Christmas Festival which will run from 2nd to 17th December.


York BidYork Festive First Night

St Helens Square, Thursday 16th November, from 5.30pm


Held in St Helens Square, the York Christmas Light Switch On will be hosted by Ben & Ellie alongside Clare Frisby from Look North, Berwick Kahler & Martin Barrass from the Theatre Royal Panto. The brand new York Bid's lights will be turned on at 6.55pm.

Sponsored by Visit York and York Bid.


Burn Christmas Light Switch On

Saturday 25th November from 3pm to 6pm


Held across Burn Village. With a Christmas Tree Festival and refreshments available in the chapel. See Christmas Market stalls open in the chapel schoolroom from 3pm. Enjoy live music in the chapel from 3.45pm. Carols from the tree at 4.55pm. Light Switch on at 5.15pm with the Minster Monster! 5.20pm Santa arrives with gifts for the children.


Micklegate Christmas Mingle

Monday 18th December, 5pm to 8pm Micklegate Mingle


Celebrate christmas on Micklegate at the Christmas Mingle which will be fun for all the family. There will be entertainment throughout the event from live musicians, fairground rides, live reindeers and much more. Santa will be making an appearance too.


Malton Monthly Food MarketMalton Christmas Food and Gift Market

Saturday 9th December, 9am–3pm


The Christmas version of Malton's popular monthly food market returns, but with non-food gifts as well. Expect fab food, festive gift stalls, street food, live chef demos and music. Don't forget trips to Talbot Yard for stocking filler gifts!

The Christmas market will be awash with all the festive foodie goodies that you would expect and some unique gifts too. Expect figgy puddings, perfectly-prepared turkey and goose, award-winning macarons, mulled wine, chestnuts, gin and much more!

​Set in and around the Milton Rooms and located in Malton's central Market Place, the Christmas market trades from 9am to 3pm.


Malton Christmas Lights Switch On

Malton Market Square, Thursday 23rd November, from 3.30pm to 6pm


Held in the Market Square with Minster FM entertainment on stage with Ben and Ellie, live performances from Dance Expresion, and a funfair. There's entertainment throughout the event, plus the arrival of Santa and his sleigh. Daniel Parslow, York City Football Player will be switching the christmas lights on at 6pm.


Rooms for All SelbySelby Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market

Market Place, Saturday 2nd December, 9am to 5pm


Selby Town Council is switching on the Christmas Lights from the Market Place. There will also be a fabulous Christmas Market with over 40 stalls from 9am to 5pm on the Market Place and there will be entertainment throughout the day at the Minster FM Roadshow stage. Santa will be making an appearance too. The Mayor will be switching on the Christmas Lights at 4pm at the Tree.

Minster FM Coverage supported by Rooms for All Selby.


Northallerton Santa Sunday

Town Hall, Sunday 3rd December, from 1.30pm to 5pm


Held in the Northallerton Town Hall and High Street, with a Christmas market, fairground and a chance to meet a real reindeer and donkey. There will also be live entertainment throughout the day with music and games at the Minster FM Roadshow Stage. Plus Santa will be making an appearance at 3pm on his sleigh and the Christmas Lights will be switched on at 4pm.


Norton Santa Fun Run & Christmas Lights Switch On

Norton Santa Fun Run and Christmas Lights Switch OnCommercial Street Norton, Sunday 19th November from 1.30pm to 5pm

Held along Commercial Street Norton with Christmas lights lining Commercial Street. Santa Fun Runs in aid of Ryedale Special Families at 2.30pm, 3.00pm and 3.30pm. Plus the Minster FM Roadshow and live music from local performers. We’ll be switching the lights on at 4.30pm.


Tadcaster Christmas Market and Festival

Sunday 3rd December, 9.30 to 3.30pm (approx)


Held in Kirkgate and the surrounding streets, with a street market, Santa’s grotto, Christmas craft fayre in the Riley Smith Hall, Nativity festival in the church all day with tea & coffee and the Christingle service at 3.30pm, plus Christmas tree festival at Tadcaster Methodist Church and food and drink available.


SweetmovePocklington Festival of Christmas

Market Place, Wednesday 6th December, from 5pm


Event includes Santa’s Parade from 5pm from Burnby Hall to All Saints Church, entertainment in All Saints Church with choirs and an orchestra. Plus stalls, fairground, and food stands. Prizes for the best dress competition for shops and the Minster FM Roadshow from Market Place.

Minster FM Coverage supported by Sweetmove.