Christmas in Kettering kicks off with the ‘BIG Switch On’ on 28th November

Published: Friday, 22nd November 2019

TV Star Will Mellor will help kick off Christmas in Kettering this year by turning on the town’s lights at the eagerly anticipated ‘BIG Switch On’ event.

  The Hollyoaks and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star will take to the stage on Kettering Market Place on Thursday 28th November as part of a fun festive schedule.

The BIG Switch on will run from 4pm-8pm, hosted by local community radio station Shire Sounds.  In addition to Will, the event will feature CBBC’s Ed Petrie from the Lighthouse Theatre’s Panto ‘Cinderella’, plus live music and entertainment for the whole family. YouthWorks and Johnny’s Happy Place’s Lantern Parade will once again conclude at the Market Place to join the celebrations. The town’s festive celebrations will include performances from Beat Project Dance Company, KLF Choir (Kingsley & Red Kite Academy), Kettering Town Silver Band, Kettering Singer Vicki Becks plus duets with Kara Smith and Dave Lee and Kettering’s Own Ska, New Wave and Punk band The Fevers, plus a funfair, vortex, fire engine, Kettering Lions’ Santa Sleigh, street performers, a giant polar bear and much more!

There will be plenty of chances to support your local town centre with a special Christmas Market on Kettering Market Place on Thursday 5th December and the return of Small Business Saturday and the Teenage Market on Saturday 7th December. There’ll also be the chance to get your skates on and enjoy a free ice rink and curling lane at our Christmas Fun Day on the Market Place on Saturday 14th December, 10am-4pm. Join us for a festive singalong with Christmas Carols with Mrs Claus and Kettering Citadel Band and choir on Saturday 21st December from 2pm on the Market Place!

As part of the Christmas festivities, and to support local businesses, Kettering Borough Council is offering FREE parking in its town centre car parks on the following days in December*:

  • all day on Saturday 7th, 14th and 21st December 2019, and
  • after 3pm on Thursday 28th November, and 5th, 12th and 19th December 2019

These dates are in addition to the free parking that already operates in Council owned car parks on Sundays (all day) and evenings (after 6pm).

Will Mellor said:

“I’m excited to be kicking off Kettering’s Christmas festivities by switching on the town’s lights. I’m looking forward to a brilliant night and meeting the people of Kettering!”

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate and Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“There is an exciting line up of activities in Kettering Town Centre in the run up to Christmas this year. The programme of festivities we have put on will provide a range of attractions for the whole family. Christmas this year is definitely in Kettering!”

Our Christmas in Kettering promotional video can be found at


Christmas Celebrations across the Borough

Burton Latimer Christmas Lights Switch On

High Street, Burton Latimer

Friday 29th November

Desborough Christmas Light Switch-On

Station Road, Desborough

Friday 29th November

Rothwell Christmas Gala Evening

Market Hill Square, Rothwell

Friday 6th December


*The free parking will be in Kettering Borough Council car parks on London Road, Queen Street, School Lane, School Lane Pop & Shop, Wadcroft and Commercial Road.


Will Mellor

Will has over 20 years in the showbiz industry, and first came to the public’s attention in 1990, when he played Ben Rowlingson in the children’s programme, ‘Children’s Ward.’ Since then, he’s had roles in Hollyoaks, Casualty, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, EastEnders, Broadchurch, Line of Duty and more. Will has also released singles that made the UK Charts and starred in Boyzone’s Comic Relief single ‘When the Going Gets Tough.’