Diss gears up for festive events

Diss Christmas light switch in 2014Picture by: Sonya Duncan

Diss Christmas light switch in 2014Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Diss is gearing up to welcome in the festive season with its annual St Nicholas Christmas Fayre and lights switch-on.

Taking place on Saturday, November 28, from 11am until 6pm, an array of events and entertainment will entice shoppers, visitors and locals into the town.

Festive delights will be on offer in the Market Place, St Nicholas Street, Cobbs Yard and Norfolk House Yard with shops and cafes in the heart of the town dressed for Christmas.

Artisan stalls will offer a range of gifts - from local foods and craft beer to handmade jewellery and ceramics.

A full programme of entertainment from Mere Street to the Triangle yards will include a fun fair, the Kenninghall Morris Circle, a reindeer trail, a Dickensian cycling musician, a stilt walker and a Christmas raffle.

Throughout the day there will be a line-up of live music hosted by Park Radio and featuring Diss Junior School, Tyger, Twisted Piglet, Felix Simpson and Mode.

Shoppers will be kept going with street food stalls offering a hog roast, hot chestnuts, mulled wine, doughnuts and candy floss.

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Diss Museum will be open from 10am until 4pm for people to visit and pick up Christmas gifts in the shop.

The day is set to be a feast of festive fun and will even include a visit by Santa on a fire engine.

At 6pm, Ben Langley, who is appearing in Snow White at Norwich Theatre Royal, will carry out the traditional Christmas lights switch-on. South Norfolk Council will offer free parking in their town car parks on the day and on the three other Saturdays prior to Christmas.

Other festive events are set to be held in the town in the weeks leading up to Christmas including a charity carol concert at Diss High School on Tuesday, December 1, Diss Farmers' Market on Saturday, December 12 and the St Nicholas Christmas Experience on Sunday, December 13.

On Thursday, December 24 the town's weekly market will be held a day early with a community carol sing-along at the Mere's Mouth at 6pm.

Do you have a Diss story? Email kate.royall@archant.co.uk

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