Christmas Extravaganza at the Town Hall

Waltham Forest Christmas Light Switch On, now in its second year, is a community event for all local residents. Kicking off the start of Christmas in the borough, the event celebrates local talent old and new, supports local food traders, craft traders along with bringing some high quality entertainment to the site.

Waltham Forest Town Hall


We are Placemaking were asked by the council to produce the event for the second year running in the grounds of the beautiful town hall. The event needed to cater to all age groups and offer a range of activities. The goal was to create a natural flow round the central fountain, opening up the grounds of the town hall to the public and the assembly hall.

We had more time to prepare this year in comparison to a matter of weeks that we had last year, so in general we were much more prepared. One of the challenges we ran into was ensuring that we catered to the large amount of attendees to the event which had significantly increased from last year.

Waltham Forest Christmas Light Switch on


Production Management

Supplier Sourcing, Management and audit

Sourcing entertainment and scheduling

Health & Safety Management

Licensing for the event to cover food traders and bar offering

Successful light Switch on moment

Waltham Forest Christmas Light Switch On


Successful switch on moment

Selection of performances, from roaming father Christmas, light up stilt walkers and light up acrobats.

Choir performances on both the main stage, and on the assembly hall stage

Special guest appearance from local legends East 17

Over a dozen food traders and 4 bars.

Children’s entertainment, face painting and a variety of fun workshops and creative activities to get involved in

Waltham Forest Christmas Light Switch On


This is the second year we have worked to deliver our Christmas light switch on for our residents. We Are Placemaking were professional, reliable and I knew I was able to rely on their experience to help deliver an even bigger and better event than the year prior. Nothing was too big an ask and I appreciated their relaxed approach to the event. We delivered an amazing event together, on a reduced budget too! Thanks to the team and their hard work and expertise, this event is now a regular event on our fixture!