Roads to close ahead of Norwich’s Christmas lights switch-on

Christmas lights over Norwich Market.

Christmas lights over Norwich Market.


Motorists are being urged to avoid the city centre tomorrow night as Christmas celebrations close roads.

Streets will shut as Norwich’s Christmas lights are switched on by Taverham archer Mel Clarke, who won silver at this year’s Paralympic Games. The entertainment starts at 6.15pm around The Forum, Jarrold, Chapelfield Gardens and on the steps of City Hall. The big switch-on and fireworks will be held at 7pm and there will be a giant snowball throw and carols.

Upper St Giles Street will be closed from 4pm, while Bethel Street and St Peters Street will shut from 5pm.

After the switch-on celebrations will continue at the Forum. The family entertainment includes ukulele strummers, a lantern parade, Father Christmas and fairies.

The event has been organised by Norwich City Council and is supported by the Norwich Evening News, BBC Radio Norfolk The Forum Trust, Jarrold and Virgin Money.

A lantern procession, made by Henderson Green Primary School and The Hewett School, will leave Chapelfield Gardens at 6.15pm, making its way to The Forum, joined by Father Christmas on his sleigh.

•Road Closures

-4pm to 10.30pm

Upper St Giles Street

-5pm to 8pm

St Peters Street

Bethel Street between the junctions with St Peters Street and Little Bethel Street

-5.30pm to 8pm

St Giles Street from Upper Goat Lane to Guildhall Hill

Gaol Hill

London Street

Little London Street

Exchange Street

Gentleman’s Walk


Brigg Street

Chapelfield East

-6.10pm to 7pm

Chantry Road

Theatre Street

Malthouse Road

William Booth Street

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  • Perhaps they can leave them closed, as it will be better for all.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • I think internet sites for stores we shop in increase our dissatisfaction I wanted an item from Debenhams yesterday-it was on their web site so off I went. Not on the shelves and not a staff member to be found on the floor and the one behind the till directed me to a screen to order and collect. It was unpredictable couriers and not knowing when items would be in store to collect if ordered that sent me to the shop in the first place. Either don't make me think you are carrying stock when you are not or have a full stockroom and shelves and someone to be of assistance. Debenhams is not alone in this, it was the same story at several other shops I was intending to purchase from, including Marks. As for the roads-person on the road on St Stephens, paramedics etc-something does need doing there-cars buses and loads of shops dont mix.

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    Daisy Roots

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Actually it's internet shopping which is partly to blame for the countries money problems with companies using it as a way to avoid certain taxes and rates. Cities a go zone for many so glad it's keeping people like you and Norton away, sit at home like pathetic losers on your pc allday moaning about the slightest little things which don't effect you anyway cos you never go out.

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    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Close as many streets as you like,I'll stick with internet shopping! The council made Norwich a no go area years ago,so the number of empty shops continues to escalate! Business rates account for a third of all profit so if you want to commit financial suicide open a city centre shop!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Internet companies who avoid tax are doing it within the law,so it's up to our ineffectual politicians to sort it! Calling people pathetic losers because they use the internet and don't go out is a rather bizarre response to a situation created by the government and the council to make access to shopping in Norwich an expensive and difficult exercise. I love Norwich and shopping there but you would be crazy to pay more for an item that is cheaper on the net,the consumer is king and if you can't supply the goods at a competitive price,you lose the business,that is how the capitalist system works!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

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