Sparkling Entertainment Ideas for your Christmas Lights Switch On

Sparkling Entertainment Ideas for your Christmas Lights Switch On

The nights are drawing in and there’s a cold snap in the air, this can only mean one thing: Christmas is just around the corner! 

Love it or loathe it, the festive countdown begins earlier each year and what better way to get into the spirit than embracing the magic and indulging in a little pre-Christmas excitement?

Christmas lights switch ons are the perfect way to officially mark the beginning of the most wonderful time of year, and present an opportunity to bring family, friends and communities together to spread some festive cheer. 

With many Christmas lights switch ons kicking off from November, organisers had better act fast if they want to bag the best festive entertainment to draw in the crowds and switch on in style. 

We take you through our top picks for the best entertainment ideas for Christmas light switch ons and community Christmas event inspiration.

March Into The New Festive Season With Our Toy Soldier Band


Forming a stunning musical parade, our identical marching toy soldiers bring Nutcracker nostalgia wherever they roam. Dressed in iconic red Christmas uniforms, our soldiers’ traditional brass instruments glint in the winter sun or under sparkling lights for beautiful festive entertainment. 


A must-have for event organisers after a traditional aesthetic for their Christmas lights switch on event, our strolling Christmas band’s repertoire is filled with well-known songs and deliver a head-turning spectacle indoors and out.


Sparkling Entertainment Ideas for your Christmas Lights Switch On

The Nutcracker proves popular for Christmas event inspiration year after year


Make The Most Of Your Temporary Ice Rink


If your town or city already hosts a winter ice rink, why not make the most of it?


Our figure skaters and ice stunt shows both offer brilliant wintery entertainment ideas for Christmas lights switch ons and can be tailored to suit the mood you want to create. 


For an impressive and high-octane show, ice skate freestylers such as our Fire and Ice Stunt Act combine death-defying live fire stunts with professional figure skating. Setting your Christmas lights entertainment ablaze with fiery props, this act will add a warm and illuminating glow to dark and gloomy afternoons.


For a more sophisticated take or longer feature show, productions like our Santa On Ice are perfect for family entertainment. With world class skaters, singers and actors, our performers showcase stunning displays of stunt routines, catchy musical theatre and incredibly engaging audience interaction.


Sparkling Entertainment Ideas for your Christmas Lights Switch On

Create a magical focal point with synthetic or real ice floors for rinkside entertainment


Make Your Community Christmas Event Twinkle With Roller-Skating Acts


No ice rink? No problem. Achieve the same graceful movements from walkabout acts by considering roller skaters. Perfect for Christmas lights switch ons taking place in town centres, dancing characters on skates add drama, speed and a sprinkling of circus skills to regular dancers. 


Watch as our elegantly illuminated Roller Skating Presents duo skilfully glide and spin among crowds on their white roller skates, lighting up any event setting with their twinkling lights and glowing ribbons. Eye catching and mesmerising, these walkabout characters make a fantastic alternative choice for any community Christmas event.


For the figure skating look in a concrete environment, try our Urban Figure Skaters. Our dancers wear inline skates disguised as ice skates to bring the elegance and grace of the ice to the streets.


Roller skaters offer beautiful gliding festive entertainment for venues without an ice rink


Power Up Your Switch On With 4 Million Volts Of Electricity!


Harnessing 4 million volts of electricity, this performance is sure to sear itself into the memory of audiences! One of the most unique and fascinating shows on the planet, our Lords of Lightning show sees a dynamic battle between two beings high up on towers as lightning bolts arc and crack between their heads.


A staggering alternative for Christmas lights entertainment, this dramatic phenomenon isn’t for the faint hearted, but will keep guests talking for years to come. 


Sparkling Entertainment Ideas for your Christmas Lights Switch On

Look outside the box for Christmas event inspiration to surprise and delight crowds 


Make A Statement With Brandable LED Performers


Dressed as mischievous elves, our acrobatic dancers perform high-level acrobatics while spinning mesmerising light sticks for a stunning LED poi spectacle. 


Watch as images of icicles, snowflakes, presents and baubles fly through the air for a beautiful light show perfect for any event in need of Christmas entertainment. Tailor with your logo, brand or graphics to land your message with impact!


Especially impactful at outdoor and night time events, guests will watch in awe at our acrobatic dancers’ spectacular glowing shows illuminate their surroundings.


Sparkling Entertainment Ideas for your Christmas Lights Switch On

Walkabout acrobats with LED poi make highly visual ambient entertainment


Deliver the man everybody wants to see - Santa! 


Loved by children and adults alike, the ultimate Christmas meet and greet character will delight all ages at your community Christmas event. 


Simple but classic, our jolly Father Christmas will spread cheer and joy throughout your event. Whether set up in a grotto, roaming your event meeting your guests, or even helping with the grand switch on itself, our traditional Santa will wow with his red suit and fluffy beard.


Why not create a charming grotto or sleigh photo opportunity, or create a Christmas parade with Mrs Claus, elves, and reindeer or other festive entertainment? Even more special when coupled with an immersive experience such as a snow dome, our Father Christmas loves to play with guests in the snow!


Sparkling Entertainment Ideas for your Christmas Lights Switch On

The ultimate meet and greet character, Santa Claus is always a hit 


Encourage Your Crowd To Join In With A Parade Of Lights


Stilt walkers add an extra dimension of height to your event as they mingle with the crowd, and make the perfect leaders for a parade of lights for a community Christmas event.


Engage local schools and clubs to create their own lanterns to draw on the creativity of your local community, and then invite them to parade their lights through your event in a lead up to the official switch on. 
Leading the charge, elegant and illuminated stilt artists such as our Crystal Moon Stilt Walkers make beautiful ethereal creatures to lead a parade of lanterns and lights through your event.


With a whole spectrum of stilt characters to choose from you’re guaranteed to find an option to fit your aesthetic perfectly.


Sparkling Entertainment Ideas for your Christmas Lights Switch On

Mix and mingle stilts add drama to your Christmas lights entertainment as they stride across your event


Take To The Sky With An Illuminated Beacon


Marking the central point of your Christmas lights switch on, a flying beacon will draw the crowds from far and wide! 


Immediately attracting the attention of onlookers, this Helium Balloon Aerial Show offers a stunning customisable acrobatic show with giant helium balloons floating in the sky. 

Hanging like a giant winter moon, the balloon suspends aerial acrobats who perform beautiful choreography and can release faux snowflakes, confetti, or flower petals into the audience and even swoop down to present gifts.


Why not combine with a musical firework display for sensational high-end entertainment?


Make a statement with extraordinary props and mesmerising circus skills for memorable Christmas lights entertainment


Bring Festive Cheer With Hilarious Comedy Walkabouts 


Just as much for the grown-ups as for the kids, our roster of witty comedy walkabouts and street theatre throw in plenty for adults while remaining engaging for children. 


Charmingly old fashioned, our Victorian nanny pushes her two naughty twins about in an authentic Victorian pram and hilarity ensues. You will be laughing out loud as these two delightful Pram Puppets spring into life, creating a mini stage in their traditional pram.


Need Christmas event inspiration? Look no further than our hilarious festive walkabouts for attention-grabbing street theatre


Invite A Celebrity Guest or VIP For The Big Reveal!


What better way to up the ante of your festive entertainment than to have your guests rub shoulders with a star? 


The perfect assistant to help turn the switch, a celebrity appearance creates buzz among the crowds and attracts more press as well as guests for maximum exposure. 


A great way to combine an appearance with a performance, signing, meet and greet or photo opportunity, many of our famous faces are more than happy to put on a show to demonstrate their talent. Be it an X-Factor winner, famous chef, expert speaker, or celebrity, you can find a wealth of household names on our roster. 


With the likes of Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Sara Cox, Ellie Simmonds, and Sam Callahan among our celebrities, you’re sure to find an inspirational act or speaker.


Sparkling Entertainment Ideas for your Christmas Lights Switch On

A famous face will draw in the crowds and media for maximum exposure


Christmas Event Inspiration


Whether the community Christmas event you’re planning is large or small, we hope this festive entertainment round up of Christmas lights entertainment has inspired you to throw a sparkling Christmas lights switch on. 


Create an immersive experience with interactive walkabout acts, deliver the wow-factor with never seen before shows and spectacles, and draw in the crowds with VIP guests. With so many diverse acts ready to sprinkle your event with festive magic you’ll be spoilt for choice!


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With a wealth of festive entertainment on our books, Scarlett Entertainment is happy to help inspire, co-create, and deliver exceptional entertainment experiences for our clients the world over. 


Get in touch with our experienced team of international Entertainment Experts to discuss your event today!

__By Freya Britton

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