Kingston will soon be aglow with Christmas cheer as the day for turning the lights on fast approaches.

At 6pm on Thursday, November 16, crowds will gather around the tree on Clarence Street as the town’s festive wonderland lights up.

Visitors can enjoy Christmas carols around the tree, the opening of the Christmas market, Alpine Village and Eden Craft Market.

There will be live entertainment on stage along with the introduction of Candy Cane Forest, a dedicated children’s entertainment area with rides, competitions and plenty of festive fun.

The following week, get down to Surbiton when it lights up on Thursday, November 23.

Surbiton town centre will have lots of entertainment including market stalls and food stands along Victoria Road and a farm in Station Forecourt.

Before the switches are flipped, there will be stage performances from local schools and groups from 3pm.

Father Christmas, the Deputy Mayor and Erin Boag will turn on the lights at 6pm.

Victoria Road and the Station Forecourt will be closed to traffic and parking between 12pm and 8pm and there will be parking suspensions outside businesses on St Mark's Hill (Station side) for taxis.

Buses will be on diversion.

New Malden High Street will have its magical lights switched on the next day on Friday, November 24 at 5.30pm by the Mayor of Kingston and Santa Claus.

Santa will be riding in the Rotary Sleigh along the high street from the Fountain roundabout to St George’s square where he will be handing out gifts for children.

Visitor can also check out the Christmas Fair in the Methodist Church.