Lighting Up Lives on Swanage Pier

🗓️ Friday 8th December 2023 – Wednesday 3rd January 2024

Watch Swanage Pier be lit up for the season and enjoy festive, family-friendly entertainment whilst remembering loved ones this Christmas.

Festive lights can be dedicated to a special person or group of people as a way of thanking or remembering them, or simply to wish them a Merry Christmas.

Dedications come with an electronic certificate and tributes will be featured on the Shine a Light page of Swanage Pier’s website.

The lights will be switched on at a special ceremony on Friday 8th December and will remain on throughout the festive period, giving a colourful Christmas sparkle to the bay.

  • Normal pier admission applies
  • Suggested light dedication donation – £12

Proceeds from this event go toward the pier’s ongoing maintenance.

Lights Switch-On Timings

The lights display on Swanage Pier will be turned on on Friday 8th December and will then stay on throughout the festive season until Wednesday 3rd January.

  • 5.30pm – Live music from Kelp! and All Sort’d Choir, plus Christmas character entertainment
  • 6pm – Lights switch-on by Swanage Pier’s special festive guest!
  • BBQ, mulled cider & mulled wine, plus all the usual refreshments available from the 1859 café
  • Heated marquee to enable you to enjoy the festivities for longer!
  • The Pier shop will be open to browse for Christmas gifts
  • Father Christmas will be visiting the pier for the Lights Switch-On, and you can also visit him at his special Swanage Pier Christmas grotto on selected dates throughout December

Dedicate a light

Find out how to donate and dedicate a Christmas light to a loved one on the Swanage Pier website:

You simply need to fill in a dedication form and make your donation online.