Published: 13 November 2023

From: Community

Christmas in Crawley starts on Friday 17 November with a series of events and entertainments which culminate with the Christmas tree lights switch-on the following day.

Crawley Borough Council and the Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) are collaborating to bring Santa, singers, silent disco, fire jugglers and the smallest mobile picture house entirely powered by solar energy to the Memorial Gardens and Queens Square.

Emergency Exit Arts’ 14-feet illuminated ‘Peace Poem’, created with conceptual artist and poet Robert Montgomery, will be displayed. The artwork was designed for the 100th anniversary of the First World War armistice and will be taken on a short tour of the town later this week before its installation for the weekend.

Full details of the Christmas in Crawley schedule for the artists, silent disco and activities can be found on the council and BID websites. 

The BID has invited Santa to switch on the Crawley Christmas lights in Queen’s Square. Light Up Crawley will run from 3-6pm on the Saturday.

Between the council and the Business Improvement District we have an excellent programme of entertainment to start the Christmas season in Crawley town centre. I hope to see huge numbers of people out for the two days enjoying themselves and supporting our town centre retailers.

Councillor Sue Mullins

Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Culture

Crawley Borough Council

We are excited to bring this packed weekend of entertainment to the town centre this year. With so much going on there will be something for all ages to enjoy. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the town to enjoy the festivities.

Wendy Bell


Crawley Town Centre BID

Visit the Crawley Borough Council events page or visit the Crawley Town Centre BID events page to find out information on this and other events being put on in Crawley.

County Mall is extending its car park opening hours on Saturday for the light switch on and will be open until 7.30pm.


Friday 17 November from 2pm, Memorial Gardens and bandstand: 
Winter flower installation
‘Peace Poem’ by Emergency Exit Arts
World’s smallest cinema 
3.30pm Will Johns
4pm Silent Disco Fun
4.30pm Will Johns
5pm Silent Disco Fun
5.30pm Angel Delights
6pm Silent Disco Fun
6.30pm Angel Delights

Saturday 18 November from 11.30am, Memorial Gardens and bandstand:
Winter flower installation
‘Peace Poem’ by Emergency Exit Arts
World’s smallest cinema 
11.30am Victorian carol singers
12.15pm Victorian Boltwood
1pm Victorian carol singers
1.45pm Silent Disco Fun
2.15pm Victorian carol singers
3pm Silent Disco Fun
From 3pm, enjoy the Christmas tree lights switch-on in Queens Square
Brought to you by Crawley Town Centre BID