All around Hertfordshire Christmas lights are brightening up the long, cold nights. The St Albans Christmas lights have been a controversial talking point for many years. You can’t say that the new St Albans BID team haven’t tried in 2017. The new St Albans Christmas lights have filled the city centre with colour. Love them, or loathe them… there’s a surprise in store… and now the wait is over!
St Albans Christmas Lights – St Peter’s Street
The St Albans Christmas lights have brightened the winter skies, but the St Albans BID office have been working to keep a secret for months. The great #stalbanslightswitch can now be revealed!
All 85,000 bulbs that have been branch-wrapped onto St Peter’s Street’s trees change to…. WHITE! The switch-over took place on Thursday 14th December 2017, so make sure you visit St Peter’s Street to see the new lights for yourself!
The lights are dual-bulb LEDs and have the ability to switch between two colours each. These lights are bespoke, state-of-the-art, low-power technology that have been made specially for St Albans this year, to last until 2022 at least.
The surprise has taken months of hard work and planning. The power to the St Peter’s Street trees was outdated and faulty, so significant infrastructure work was undertaken throughout the Summer to ensure the new St Albans Christmas lights could be switched on. St Albans BID is dedicated to supporting the infrastructure and development of St Albans city centre as well as the ‘bells and whistles’ and are delighted that businesses in St Albans have supported the project generously in order to make the spectacular lights display a reality.
The response to the coloured light scheme was overwhelmingly positive, however, there was also the occasional voice that would prefer a more restrained palette for the trees. So, this weekend and beyond, they shall have it!
St Albans looks stunning lit by 85,000 bright white lights… what do you think?
St Albans BID is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the businesses in St Albans city centre to improve the business environment of the city, which therefore creates and supports community, cultural and infrastructure development in St Albans. More information can be found at www.stalbansbid.com
Community Christmas Lights Displays
The St Albans Christmas lights on St Peter’s Street are the best yet! There are also Christmas lights displays organised by individuals and communities across St Albans, which raise a fantastic amount of money for charity. Here’s just a selection of some of the other displays worth visiting in December…
The Christmas lights on Beech Road in St Albans are famous! From the beginning of December children and adults are keen to see how the preparations are going and a trip to see the Beech Road lights is part of a St Albans Christmas. The Beech Road Christmas lights were switched on Sunday 10th December 2017, and the organisers are collecting money for the Mount Vernon Marie Curie Research Wing Trust. If you enjoy the lights and appreciate the effort that goes into the display, then you can make a donation in the box on the drive, or if you don’t have time to stop you can show your appreciation by making a donation on their fundraising page.
The St Albans Living Advent Calendar reveals a new window day-by-day from 1st to 24th December 2017. It’s all for a good cause: raising funds for GOSH and Keech Hospice. Look out for the St Albans Living Advent Calendar windows on Ladysmith Road, Kimberley Road, Folly Avenue and Cannon Street in St Albans, or follow the windows on their Facebook page. You can show your appreciation for this fantastic local fundraising effort by making a donation on their fundraising page.
On Tuesday 19th December 2017 from 5.30pm there will be a Window Walkabout. Start at 15 Ladysmith Road, St Albans, AL3 5PZ and children will get a worksheet to fill in as they make their way around the 4 roads taking part. The St Albans Rock Choir will be carol singing and there will be mince pies and refreshments.
During each day of advent a different house on Prospect Road takes its turn to display a festive window to raise money for local charity, Centre 33. You can help the Prospect Road Charity Window Advent Calendar raise money by making a donation on their fundraising page.
Inkerman Road, Alexandra Road, Bedford Road, Alma Road
Park the car and walk around the square of roads formed by Inkerman Road, Alexandra Road, Bedford Road and Alma Road in St Albans and you will find houses, lamp posts and road signs decorated in twinkling lights. The residents in the small square run an annual community competition for the best display, to raise money for charity. These roads are definitely best seen on foot, it’s a short stroll with some very creative and festive displays.
Will you visit any of the St Albans Christmas lights displays this year? The transformation on St Peter’s Street is spectacular and I’m looking forward to visiting some of the other displays across the city. I just hope there isn’t more snow, so I have time to appreciate them all!