Inverclyde Christmas lights switch-on 2023

Inverclyde’s countdown to Christmas will get underway this month with a host of fun festive lights switch-on events across our towns and villages.

Entertainment has been planned at each event, including music and a visit from Santa Claus, before the big countdown to the switch-on.

First up is the lights switch-on event in Greenock at Cathcart Square on Thursday 23 November 2023.

The main stage programme starts from 6pm with West FM radio presenter Alison Wright compering and appearances from the stars of the Beacon Arts Centre’s panto, Beauty and the Beast, including Still Game’s Mark Cox and River City actor Jimmy Chisholm.

Soak up the atmosphere in Greenock from 4.30pm with a chance to meet some of Santa’s reindeer, meet Santa himself, and enjoy some traditional festive tunes from Brass Sounds Inverclyde who will perform inside the Oak Mall.

Provost Drew McKenzie will switch on the Christmas lights with Santa at 7pm.

In Gourock, the fun begins at 6pm in Kempock Gardens on Friday 24 November 2023 then it’s the turn of Port Glasgow on Wednesday 29 November 2023 from 6pm outside the library.

On Friday 1 December 2023, it is over to the villages with Quarriers Village up first from 3.30pm at the Village Centre, followed by festivities at Inverkip Hub from 5.30pm, Kilmacolm’s Cargill Centre from 6pm and Wemyss Bay Community Centre from 7pm. 

Provost Drew McKenzie said: “I look forward to the annual Christmas lights switch-on events, as I’m sure many of us do, as a chance for our communities to come together and celebrate the season.

“It’s always a lovely way to countdown to Christmas together and enjoy the start of the festivities.

“I hope to see many families, friends and people of all ages joining in the fun across Inverclyde.”


Full list of Inverclyde lights switch-on events:






Thursday 23 November

Cathcart/Clyde Square

From 4.30pm till 7pm


Friday 24 November

Kempock Gardens

From 6pm lights 6.30pm

Port Glasgow

Wednesday 29 November

Port Glasgow Library

From 6pm lights 6.30pm


Friday 1 December

Village Centre

From 3.30pm


Friday 1 December

Inverkip Hub

From 5.30pm lights 6pm


Friday 1 December

Cargill Centre

From 6pm lights 6.30pm

Wemyss Bay

Friday 1 December

Community Centre

From 7pm lights 7.30pm

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