Retford Christmas Market and Christmas Lights Switch-On

by | 26 September 2018 | Community Event, Retford

The Retford Business Forum Christmas Market Team, thinks you will love the plans for this year’s Retford Christmas Market and Lights Switch-On. It will be held on Sunday 25th November 2018, from 10.00am to 6.00pm (some locations may vary), in and around the town square in Retford.

As well as the usual star guest — Santa — brought to us by Retford Lions, there will be an open-air Churches Together in Retford service, entertainment on the stage from local schools and children’s groups, with fireworks, Jo Jingles, Traxie Bear, Bassetlaw Bear and ‘Santa’s little helper’ switching the lights on. There will be many new attractions this year — here are some of the latest additions:

  • Steampunk comes to the Christmas Market! We are delighted to welcome a children’s Steampunk experience with traditional games in the Buttermarket with plenty of stalls for adults nearby — go on, you know you always wanted to try dressing up!
  • Pilgrims Fun Run — supporting Bassetlaw Hospice — gather at 9.15am for the judging of the best dressed ‘Pilgrims’ — the run is 5k, even better fun for everyone — it’s like a Santa run, but reflecting the famous local people who became the Mayflower Pilgrims — for booking and more information go to
  • Bassetlaw Museum will be open with lots of activities to entertain the children; the Grove St Methodist Church will have an even bigger Star Festival; and St Swithun’s Parish Church is holding its famous Christmas Tree Festival, hoping for more than 100 trees this year. The Hub will be open — why not visit their Pilgrims Room — everything you ever wanted to know about the Mayflower Pilgrims in one room! A collect-the-stamp trail will be promoted around these attractions with a free prize draw for completed entries.

This will be the fourth year that Retford Business Forum (RBF) delivers the Christmas Market and Lights Switch-on, supported by North Notts BID, Bassetlaw District Council, TLS Ltd and other local businesses and societies. It is a community event run for the people of Retford and the surrounding villages, and visitors have been welcomed from all over Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire and beyond!

The support of local businesses is vital to the success of the event and the team is always looking for sponsors — to make it bigger and better than ever — every year! Whether you just want to give something back to the community or want to raise the visibility and awareness of your brand, please get in touch. Contact