From Father Christmas in a grotto to live reindeer, a tree of wishes, lantern parade, music and a market, Dereham is set to sparkle brighter than ever this festive season.

A fund-raising campaign to make Dereham a Christmas destination has received a “phenomenal” response, say the organisers, bringing in over £6,000 in its first two months.

Christmas is a time for cheer and offering goodwill to all.

Christmas lights alert

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Recent survey has found that many driver’s cars could need immediate attention

It’s a quaint scene which has been repeated every December outside the tiny Church of St Mary Magdalene, on the Sandringham estate, for generations.

Nearer to home than the North Pole, the elves and reindeer are hard at work in a corner of our deepest countryside.

A fundraising appeal for next year’s Christmas lights switch-on event in Dereham has seen a flurry of donations.

Mayor David Whitby did the honours after an afternoon of free entertainment in the town centre.

Remember those dodgy-looking fairy lights and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer playing on your Dansette?

Final rehearsals are under way at Thursford, near Fakenham, which is home to the UK’s biggest Christmas show.

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