Christmas Lights

Lights on village green



The Village Christmas Lights are switched on the first Saturday in December. This year switch on will be SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER 2019.


Santa will arrive at 5pm in his usual unique transport. The Lights will be switched on at 6.00 pm.


However things will be underway from around 4.30 pm. with a variety of seasonal stalls serving hot food and mulled wine in the area around The Green.  Income from these stalls and donations are our main source of raising the £8,000 required annually.  There will also be the regular musical contributions from the E.A.S.Y. Band and the local school choir. Santa Claus will be arriving at 5pm and will be around for the rest of the evening with gifts for all the children who visit his grotto. 

2019 Switch On ProgrammeClick here to view this year’s programme

Raffle tickets can now be bought in advance this year with some 25 fabulous prizes that include vouchers for Go

Ape, Beamish Museum, Electric bike hire, Dalby Forest, £40 at The Buck Inn, picnic hamper for four,  £15 Shona

hair,  Ryedale Folk Museum, Steam & Moorland and many more. Tickets £1 from Clothes4Comfort and Wardills.


Preparation for Switch On

Work has already begun preparing for the installation of the lights. There will be some new features this year as well as the old favourites. The installation itself will begin around the end of September. That may seem very early but we try to spend only a couple of mornings each week so that it remains fun and not too strenuous but also allows for the vagaries of the weather. 


Until recently the equipment has been stored in numerous barns and outbuildings scattered around the village.  A lot of time, effort and form filling has enabled the purchase of our own container situated in the middle of the village so this is the  first year that lights display equipment will be taken from the new storage facility to be installed.    


There are over 4,000 lamps and almost a mile of cable so it takes in excess of 1,000 man-hours to put on the annual display of Christmas lights in the village. In addition to the 25 or so volunteers there is additional support from a large number of businesses and individuals in the village.

New Lease Of Life For Thornton Le Dale Christmas LightsClick here to read Handy Mag’s forthcoming editorial

Thank you for help last year

Last year the following all played their part:


All Saints' Church, Balderson’s Bakery, Bridgefoot Guest House, The Buck Inn, Cedar Barn, The Chocolate Factory, Clothes4Comfort, The Hall, Hunters of Helmsley, The Hill Institute, Lavenders Tea Rooms, Maria’s Wool Shop, Mathewson’s Classic Car sales, Mennell Motors, MKM Building Supplies, The New Inn, Trustees of The Old Grammar School, Pickering Musical Society, Ryedale Carpets, Savills Estate Agents, The Village Scarecrow Committee, Thornton le Dale C of E Primary School, Thornton Dale Fisheries, The Village Hall, Wardill Brothers, Warrington House Coffee Shop, Brian Wright Plant Hire, Thornton le Dale Chemists, HPE Print, Pace Cycles. Thanks also to Oliver who helped out in Santa’s Grotto.


There was also a large number of individuals, too many to mention, both throughout the year and also on Switch On Night itself. Many others have assisted anonymously. We could not have done it without you.


The purpose of putting together this list is to acknowledge that the “Lights” is very much a community effort.

If I have missed anyone out I apologise. Please drop me an e-mail and I will correct the acknowledgement.


David Andrews: Chairman


Want to know more?

Such is the quality of the display that they have featured on BBC Look North. (Click here to see us on the BBC)


You can also follow us on Twitter.


Preparation for Switch On – Can You Help?

The display and Switch On Night activities are entirely put on by a team of volunteers. However we are getting older!  We would really appreciate some additional help, particularly on Switch On weekend. If you are able to contribute just a few hours on the Saturday morning to help set up the stalls, Saturday evening to help dismantle or Sunday morning to help put things back in to storage we would really appreciate your help. If you are interested in finding out more please e-mail David Mitchell at . We would love to hear from you and it is a great way of adding to the village community spirit.



David Andrews: 01751 473716

David Mitchell: 01751 475726

Tony Bradshaw: 01751 477582

Dan Dwyer: 01751 474464                

Martin Sanderson: 01751 474516 



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