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Press Release

17 November 2023

Fareham forced to significantly reduce Christmas Lights Switch On event due to weather warning

It is with regret that Fareham Borough Council has taken the decision to reduce its Christmas Lights Switch On event this Saturday 18 November, due to safety concerns caused by a poor weather forecast.

Organisers have taken this difficult decision due to the yellow weather warning in place. In order to put on a safe event, set up starts early in the morning. With heavy rain predicted, set up would prove impossible for stall holders and attractions. Gusts of wind up to 35mph will also continue throughout the day making it unsafe for festive stalls and fun fair rides to operate. The Council is very hopeful that some street entertainment will still take place from 3pm. 

The Christmas lights will still be switched on as planned at 5.30pm, with the Mayor and Mayoress of Fareham in attendance, along with the winner of the summer colouring competition. This will take place at the performance podium on West Street and residents are welcome to come along to watch. Visitors are advised to be cautious in the wet and windy conditions.  

While there will be reduced outdoor activities taking place throughout the day, there will still be some indoor activities within Fareham Shopping Centre and West Street. Further information can be found on the Council’s website

Executive Member for Leisure and Community, Councillor Sue Walker, said: “It is with regret that we have had to reduce this event.  A huge amount of work goes into making the Christmas Lights Switch On such a popular occasion, but the safety of stallholders, contractors, staff and guests has to be our priority. With heavy rain and high winds making gazebos and fun fair rides unsafe, this is the right thing to do on this occasion.”

Unfortunately, it is not possible to reschedule this event as suppliers are already committed to attending other events in the run up to Christmas.


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Customer Enquiries

Tel: 01329 236100

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The Communications Team
Tel: 01329 824310
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