Chelsea FC legend to light-up Woking’s Jubilee Square


Tuesday, 14 November, 2023

This year a Chelsea FC legend has the honour of lighting up the borough’s biggest Christmas tree and switching on the Christmas mood in Woking Town Centre. 

An enormous Norwegian Spruce, kindly donated by the Woking Asian Business Forum (WABF), will once again adorn Jubilee Square and be the centrepiece of the town’s seasonal decorations.

Chelsea goal-scoring legend, pundit and Assistant England Football Coach, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, will turn on the Christmas tree lights on Thursday 23 November at 6pm but shoppers and visitors to town can join in the festivities from 4pm. 

There will be live music, carolling and a traditional market selling gifts and seasonal refreshments.

Among those gathered around the tree will be the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Ilyas Raja, and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ann-Marie Barker. 

Cllr Barker said: “It’s been a tough year for many, so I thank all those involved in organising this event for spreading some festive cheer and allowing us all to enjoy the magic of Christmas.  

“I love hearing the local school choirs performing in the square and the count-down to the big switch-on. It really does get you in the mood for Christmas.” 

Shahid Azeem, Chair of WABF, added: “For us Christmas is a time of friendship, family, celebration, and togetherness. It gives the forum great pleasure give the gift of a tree to the people of Woking.”

Adding to the Christmas sparkle, Victoria Place has lots to offer, including the return of the award winning ‘The Forgotten Toys’ charity donation campaign. Little visitors will also be able to meet Santa in his magical toy workshop on selected dates, plus lots more free festive fun!

Find out more about Woking’s festivities.