Park Road plans a switch-on party

RESIDENTS of Park Road in Staple Hill are inviting people to come and join them when they switch on their Christmas lights.

The street has been holding its own switch-on event for the last four years to celebrate the start of the festive season and raise money for charity.

Around 40 houses on the road near Page Park have external lights every year, and around 20 of those are big displays.

Hundreds of people attend the switch-on, and the road closes while it takes place.

This year’s event, on December 2 from 4.30pm, will include live music from Somerset singer Teresa D, Santa in a sleigh, a Disney princess and a variety of stalls, including food trucks, drink, crafts, scents, face-painting and charities.

After the lights go on at 5pm people are being invited to stay and do some shopping and also make a donation to St Peter’s Hospice, which is this year’s designated charity for the display.

A QR code has been produced so people can donate via their phones, and the event’s Justgiving page can also be found at

Resident Adele Clark said: “People start asking when we are going to do it months in advance and it is always a crowd-puller.”

For more information visit the display’s Facebook page at