Welshpool will be unveiling its new Christmas lights at its upcoming Winter Festival, which promises entertainment, attractions and a full Christmas market.

Having purchased a new set of lights for £25,000 after the old ones were deemed unfit for use, Welshpool Town Council will be officially switching on the new festive attractions on Saturday, November 25.

The new lights will replace the previous set up, which were independently assessed earlier this year and deemed unfit for use, having been in service for over 10 years.

The council ordered the lights in September, declaring the situation to be a matter of urgency in order to deliver adequate festive decorations in time for the big event.

At the time Cllr Billy Spencer said: “If we put this on hold it will be no use complaining if we are told that we have missed the deadline to order them in time for December. The thought of the people and children of this town going without lights in the festive season is unacceptable to me.”


The light switch on will serve as the grand finale to the 2023 Welshpool Winter Festival, which will run from 11am to 6pm.

The festival will include live entertainment outside the Royal Oak Hotel and Monkey Puzzle café, refreshments in the corn exchange, an array of stalls for the Christmas market, as well as Santa’s grotto, craft sessions, storytelling, and balloon modelling.

The festival will also unveil the council’s Christmas tree competition, which is £5 to enter, and all proceeds go towards the Community Church which will be providing a Christmas meal to those who are unable to provide one for themselves.

All entries must be delivered to the Corn Exchange by Friday, November 24 by 4pm.

Any business interested in booking an outdoor stall is encouraged to get in touch via email at kimberly@welshpooltowncouncil.gov.uk