Towns across Norfolk and Suffolk get set for Christmas light switch-ons

Panto stars, Santa and musicians will be heading to the high street to turn on the Christmas lights over the coming days. Entertainment, carols and even reindeer will be part of lighting-up ceremonies around the region.

ATTLEBOROUGH will be celebrating the beckoning festive season with its annual Christmas Carnival on Sunday, November 27.

Families will gather at 2pm when Father Christmas and his reindeer will arrive at his grotto on Queen's Square, carrying a bag filled full of presents for the visiting boys and girls.

Children from Morley Primary School Choir and the Poringland Singers will singing carols around the Christmas tree from 3.45pm before the switch-on of the lights at 4.15pm.


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AYLSHAM Lantern parade with Santa and schoolchildren leaves St Michael's Infant School at 5.45pm on Friday, December 2, heading to Market Place for the switch-on at 6pm.

Aylsham Band will play in the Market Place, while Santa will be in his grotto on Red Lion Street after the switch-on. There will be stalls and a funfair in the town hall.

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BECCLES Mayor Brian Woodruff will throw the switch on Friday, November 25 (6pm). Live entertainment continues on the stage throughout the evening and many shops will be staying open late.

Street entertainment will include performances from the Suffolk Samba Band.

Town centre streets will be closed to traffic from 3pm as stalls and fairground rides set up.

BUNGAY Actress Matilda Zeigler from BBC TV's Larkrise To Candleford will be switching on the lights at the Butter Cross on Wednesday, November 30 (6.15pm). The fun starts from 4.30pm with shops staying open, and creating a festive atmosphere will be choirs singing carols, a Santa's Grotto, stalls and entertainment.

CROMER Christmas lights will be switched on in the town centre on Friday, December 2 (6.45pm), after entertainment from the Cromer Junior School choir and the Salvation Army band.

Prizes for the best children's poster and best dressed window will be handed out.

Saturday, December 3, sees a Christmas market, also in the town centre.

DEREHAM Little Blake Barley will be switching on the town's Christmas lights on Sunday, November 27 (4.30pm).

The three-year-old is being flown to America for life-changing surgery helping him to walk unaided. More than �50,000 was raised in just 15 weeks in an appeal backed by the EDP's sister paper, the Dereham Times. There will also be performances from Dereham Town Band, fairground rides, charity stalls, games and a craft fair in the Assembly Rooms from 1pm.

DISS A mystery celebrity will be performing the switch-on in the town's Market Place and Mere Mouth on Thursday, December 1 (6.45pm).

The event is due to start between 5pm and 5.30pm with Santa's procession along Mere Street on a vintage fire engine.

There will also be performances by jazz band Big Al's Swinging Santas, a horse drawn carriage, a Punch and Judy show, juggling elves and professional face painting.

DOWNHAM MARKET will be celebrating from 2pm on Sunday, November 27, with choirs from Clackclose and Hillcrest primary schools joined by Hilgay Silver Band and the Downham High School Jazz Band.

From 2.15pm, the town will see the Ryston Runners' Santa Fun Run in aid of the Robert Foot Leukaemia Fund. Entry costs �8 for adults and �5 for under-13s. The Christmas lights go on at 4.15pm.

FAKENHAM will have a farmers' market, live music, games and fireworks before its big switch-on, on Sarturday, November 26 (5pm).

The farmer's market will run from 8.30am until noon and the market square will be closed to traffic from noon to 7pm.

HARLESTON TV star Helen Fraser will be lighting up the town at the switch-on event on Friday, December 2 (6pm) on the Market Place.

Harleston Primary School choir will then sing, followed by Steve's Auction. Other attractions will include Daleks, Darth Vader, the Ice Queen on stilts, Misterfied performing magic and balloon modelling, and a visit by Father Christmas, who will welcome children in his grotto at the Bullock Fair charity shop.

HOLT Switch-on at 6.45pm on Wednesday, November 23 (6.45pm), by Ed Parker from Walking with the Wounded. Town centre roads closed from 4pm.

Entertainers, including dancers from Cromer Pier's Christmas Seaside Special, will perform on a town centre stage from 5.40pm. There will be activities in the various town centre yards, while Fakenham Town Band will perform from 7.30pm. There will also be real reindeer, a climbing wall and hog roasts.

HUNSTANTON Will see a grand parade on Sunday, November 20, before the lights go on at 5pm. From noon, the High Street will have craft stalls and a mini funfair with live music.

KING'S LYNN EastEnder turned pantomime star Letitia Dean will be turning on the lights on Thursday, November 24 (7pm). There will be entertainment in town from 5.30pm, followed by late night shopping until 9pm.

LOWESTOFT Sue Hodge from 'Allo 'Allo, who is starring in Jack and The Beanstalk at the Marina Theatre, will be performing the honours on Saturday, November 26 (4.30pm).

Music and games on The Beach soundstage from 3.30pm and the entertainment will also include live music from Lowestoft girl group Minx.

There will also be children's rides in the town and a special pantomime-themed fancy dress competition for children aged under 12.

NORTH WALSHAM The switch-on is on Saturday, December 3 (6pm), by North Walsham Town Council's youth award winner Amy Chare followed by carol singing with the Salvation Army Band. Street Fair from 2.30pm.

Entertainment includes Girls Community Choir singing.

NORWICH Dion Dublin will be turning on the city's Christmas lights from City Hall on Thursday, November 17 (7pm).

The former Norwich City star will start the countdown before switching on the lights with a short firework display.

From 6.15pm, more than 50 Year 7 students from the Hewett School will form a candle-lit procession from Bishopgate to City Hall.

Norwich Lanes will also be holding a street fair during the evening on Upper St Giles street.

SHERINGHAM Switch-on on Saturday, November 26 (4.30pm) by the cast of Sheringham Little Theatre pantomime Dick Whittington.

From 11am there will be singing and street entertainment, before at 3.45pm Sheringham Baptist Church will perform a 'living nativity' on Otterndorf Green. The church choir will sing before the switch-on, with Sheringham Salvation Army Band playing afterwards.

SOUTHWOLD James Bolam, star of the Likely Lads, New Tricks and Grandpa In My Pocket, will be turning on the town's festive lights on Friday, December 2 (7.30pm), with his partner, the actress Susan Jameson.

The switch on night starts in the Market Square at 5pm with local choirs singing carols.

At 6.45pm the Southwold Corps of Drums will lead Father Christmas up the High Street and the switch on will then take place at 7pm on the Town Hall Balcony.

SWAFFHAM There'll be carol singing, brass band and a hog roast in the Market Place on Friday, November 25 (6pm).

Lights will include dozens of Christmas trees with white LED lights mounted at a high level over shops, restaurants and their businesses around the Market Place.

Father Christmas is due to arrive in the Market Place on his sleigh at 6.30pm and families will be able to visit him in his grotto at the Assembly Rooms.

THETFORD Dr Who will perform the switch-on on Friday, December 2 (6.15pm) outside King's House on King Street.

Santa will then arrive on his float at 6.30pm when he will tour White Hart Street, King Street, Cage Lane and Raymond Street.

And activities will be held all day, beginning with a food and drink festival in the Guildhall and Burrell steam engines in the market place from 10am.

WATTON Mayor Michael Wassell will be turning on the lights on Sunday, December 4 (3.30pm).

The market, which will feature more than 20 stalls, a hog roast, entertainment, Santa's grotto and a marching band, will start at 10am.

WELLS Christmas Tide starts on Friday, November 25 (8pm), with a cocktail evening at The Maltings featuring live music and food.

Saturday sees busking elves in the town and Mother Christmas will be welcoming visitors to her home at The Granary Theatre from 3pm to 5pm while she awaits her husband's arrival.

The Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm, before a flare is fired to announce Father Christmas's arrival by sea, followed by a firework display.

WYMONDHAM A Christmas Fayre will be held in the town centre on Thursday, December 1 (6pm).

Festivities begin with the arrival of Father Christmas, led by the City of Norwich Pipe Band.

This will be followed by the town's Christmas lights switch-on.

Entertainment will continue throughout the evening with children's fun fair rides and stalls to browse. Santa will be greeting youngsters in his grotto in Wharton's Court.

YARMOUTH Lights on the town's Christmas tree and decorations throughout the streets will be switched on by the Mayor of Great Yarmouth, who will be joined by special guests on Wednesday, November 30 (6.30pm).

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