Harleston’s festivities are revealed

Approximately 2000-2500 turned up to Harleston's Christmas market. The event was a huge hit among lo

Approximately 2000-2500 turned up to Harleston's Christmas market. The event was a huge hit among local residents. - Credit: Ian Carstairs

A host of festive events are set to get one south Norfolk town into the swing of Christmas this year.

On Saturday, November 28 organisers in Harleston are looking forward to bigger and better celebrations across the town.

With events running from 10am until 5.30pm the day will be crowned with the switching on of the town's Christmas lights.

Throughout the day the town will come alive with a street market, music, church bazaar, street entertainment, food and a craft market all accompanied by a visit from Father Christmas and his elves and sprites in a special grotto.

Organisers Harleston's Future, at the suggestion of the town council, has this year, combined the Christmas craft market with the Christmas lights switch-on, to provide a whole day a-buzz with activity.

From 10am Market Place and Exchange Street will host a street market featuring crafts, handmade gifts, cakes, Christmas puddings, Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths, roast chestnuts, candyfloss and street food.

Running from 10am until 4pm St John's Church, off Broad Street, will be open for a church bazaar with craft and gift stalls.

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Starting at midday onwards, a variety of festive entertainment will be popping up all over the place with snowball sprites whizzing up excitement, carol singers from Diss group Discord and Harleston Players, Park Radio DJs and ukelele Elves set to serenade passers by.

From 1pm, Father Christmas will fly into town with some of his elves to take up residence in a grotto at Harleston Information Plus in Exchange Street.

At 3pm The Thoroughfare and Church Street will close to traffic as it gears up for the lights switch- on with community stalls, children's rides and street entertainment.

The grand Christmas lights will be turned on at 4.30pm in the Market Place by Marion Courtney, 90 and who had her head shaved earlier this year to help Syrian refugees.

Last year the lights were turned on by singer Jay Aston, of Bucks Fizz.

Have you got a Harleston story? Email kate.royall@archant.co.uk or call 01379 651176.