Christmas Activities

Christmas Lights Switch-On Events 2023

Our annual Christmas lights switch on events mark the beginning of the festive season in Seaton Valley. It brings together friends, families, and communities as they gather to witness the illumination of the Christmas tree and lights through their village.

The events started in Seghill on 24 November and were followed by Seaton Sluice, Seaton Delaval, Holywell and the final event in New Hartley on the 2 December.

Once again, we had a fantastic turnout from residents to support the switch-on events.  Seaton Valley Council provided free mulled wine and mince pies, and we had two prize draws at each event for the children.

The festive crowds were entertained by our guest compere Andrew, assisted by Martin, who were joined on stage by some residents to sing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Santa and Rudolf managed to take a break away from the North Pole to join us at the events, meet the children and watch the Christmas lights being switched on.

The choirs from Seaton Sluice First School, Holywell First School and New Hartley First School sang Christmas songs at the events in their villages.

A selection of photographs taken at the events can be viewed here….

Christmas Lights Competition

Each year, we hold a Christmas Lights Competition with the Seaton Valley village First Schools. Children draw their designs and hope they will be chosen as the winner to have their design made into a light and displayed at one of the five Christmas switch-on events.

We have been running this competition with the First Schools for 13 years and it has produced a collection of lovely Christmas light designs including reindeers, Santa, Christmas puddings, candy canes and bells.

The competition winners are joined by their Ward Councillors to switch on their own Christmas light at the event, and they are joined by the two runners up to switch on the Christmas Tree lights.  The winners and runners up this year are:


Jake Reynard (winner)

Layton Hignton

Esme Sore

Seaton Sluice

Mason McMurray – Stewart (winner)

Lottie Henderson

Ella Epworth

Seaton Delaval

Constance Kemp (winner)

Isla Davison

Lia Fraser


Freya Douglas (winner)

Sophie Sharratt

Carter Fenwick

New Hartley

Lucas Wannop (winner)

Jacob Barron

Olivia Sixsmith

Christmas Shop Window Competition

Each year we hold a Christmas Shop Window Competition and invite businesses in Seaton Valley to decorate their windows and enter the festive spirit.

Once again, we had a great response from businesses, and it was clear they had put a lot of thought and effort into their window designs.

The standard of the entries made it a difficult decision for the judges, who eventually decided that OneTwoOne Accountants were the winners this year with their Christmas movies window.

Pictured from left to right is Cllr. Eve Chicken, Santa, and Jennifer from OneTwoOne Accountants receiving the winning certificate from Cllr. Sue Bowman.