Retford Christmas Market & Lights Switch-On

by | 30 September 2022 | Community Event, Retford

There is a new improved grand finale planned for this year’s biggest ever Retford Christmas Market and Lights Switch-On.
Retford Business Forum, in partnership with North Notts BID and Bassetlaw District Council, is planning more stalls than ever before, reaching further into the town, and the biggest craft market ever – bigger even than last year. Santa will be there, courtesy of Retford Lions, and so will the Blue Ice Cheerleaders. Local band The Sods are back, and so are Julie Coates and David Bean, Elizabethan Academy, The Performance Hub, Worksop Salvation Army Band, LCSD Dance Academy, Jo Jingles, Majestic Theatre School, the Panto Dame, Jessica Mary Brett and Santa’s Little Helper.

At 5.00pm, when Santa’s Little Helper presses the plunger to turn on the lights, hold onto your eardrums as top tribute band, Slyde, belt out Merry Christmas, Everybody. Who needs fireworks?! Following several requests from local residents about the effect on children and pets, Retford Business Forum has decided to stop using fireworks, and to spend the money saved to fund a 45-minute performance from Slyde and to put more stalls and entertainment along Carolgate.

Longer entertainment, more fun… a better Christmas Market! Further updates will be available nearer the time on Facebook: Retford Business Forum, and at

Sally Gillborn, chief executive of North Notts BID, said: “The annual Christmas market and lights switch-on is a spectacular event for the Retford community, so we are thrilled to sponsor this year’s event and partner with Retford Business Forum and Bassetlaw District Council to deliver a packed Sunday of festive entertainment.”

Rick Brand, Chair of Retford Business Forum said: “We are delighted to be working with our partners and volunteers to plan yet another great Retford Christmas Market and Lights Switch-on event. There is already a massive interest in stall bookings, and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our wonderful town from near and far.”

Please support your Christmas market – help keep Retford Town Centre alive!