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Christmas Lights Switch Ons!

As we hurtle towards December, thoughts turn to the festivities; carol services, Christmas fairs and of course, the annual lights switch ons! Our guide has all you need to know to plan a Christmas season that's full of festive fun!

Bungay

Head to the historic town of Bungay for the switching on of the Christmas Lights on Saturday 26th November.

Head to the Buttercross for live music from band the X-Men between 4-6pm and watch the lights being switched on by members of the cast of Robin Hood at 6pm.

As the lights go on, there will be a Big Bang (firework) and the church bells will start ringing. Delicious food including candy floss, donuts and coffee will be on sale and of course, Father Christmas will be there too. 

On Sunday 4th December 2016, spend the afternoon perusing the market stalls at the Christmas Street Market in Earsham Street between 10am and 4pm.To add to the festive atmosphere, there will be carol singers and a wide range of Christmas gifts on offer, plus the big man himself, Father Christmas will be there!

On the 17th, enjoy an evening of carols at St Mary's Church, led by Bungay Choral, audience participation is encouraged too! Tickets are £10 per person available from Whitemans of Bungay, Earsham Hall Tearooms, or Three Willows Garden Cafe.

Lowestoft

The seaside town of Lowestoft is the first to switch on their Christmas lights on Saturday 19th November. Activities begin at 3pm, with an elf trail around the shops. There will be live on-stage entertainment from the DPA Choir and The Lowestoft Players, presenting 'A Christmas Spectacular', followed by singer James TW. 

The countdown to the switch on begins at 4.45pm, and shops will be staying open until 6pm for you to get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

On the 10th December from 12pm - 12.30pm, join in with the Fairy-Tale parade as the cast from the Marina Theatre's Christmas pantomime Beauty and the Beast, the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums and Santa himself!

Santa will also be in his grotto in Palmers Department Store on the 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 21st and 24th December, and you can meet his reindeer in the town centre on Saturday 17th December.

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Halesworth

Head to the pretty market town of Halesworth on 26th November to see the trees and streets adorned with twinkling lights. To get you in the festive spirit, there will be a procession through the town, with The Band of the Royal British Legion, pantomime characters and Father Christmas himself all taking part.  switched on at Kicking off the festivities on 10th December, the Halesworth Traditional Christmas Market is the ideal place to pick up a few hand-crafted gifts and Christmas decorations. 

Afterwards, Father Christmas will be in his grotto in the town centre and there will be live music throughout the evening. 

Gift a taste of The Suffolk Coast to your loved ones this Christmas and pick up a few hand-crafted items at the Halesworth Traditional Christmas Market on 10th December. Taking place in the Market Place, it will be packed with food, produce and craft stalls. 

Beccles

Beccles Christmas lights switch on really is an event not to be missed! The town will be a hive of festive activity on Friday 25th November with food and craft stalls in the main square, a Christmas tree trail, the Hungate Church Christmas tree festival, live on-stage entertainment throughout the evening, funfair and of course, the grand switching on of the lights at 6pm.

Events start in the town at 5.30pm with the last act, the Suffolk School of Samba entertaining the crowds at 8pm.

For more information and full programme of events, visit www.beccleschristmaslights.co.uk

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Aldeburgh

You can stay warm and dry at Aldeburgh's 'Celebration of Christmas', which is taking place on Sunday 19th November at the town's Jubilee Hall from 2-5pm.

Inside, there will be market stalls from Suffolk businesses including Collen & Clare, The Suffolk Coffee Company, Scarlett & Mustard and The Cheese and Pie Man to name but a few. 

Children will enjoy the funfair outside Moot Hall and of course, meeting Father Christmas himself!

Southwold

The idyllic seaside town of Southwold kicks of it's festive celebrations with the Christmas lights switch on on Saturday 26th November.

There will be a wide range of stalls in the market place, so you can grab a few Christmas presents whilst you're there. Listen to traditional choral singers whilst strolling around the town, and treat the children with a visit to Father Christmas.

Felixstowe

The mayor will be switching on the lights at this year's 'Lighting Up' event in Felixstowe on Saturday 26th November. 

Pop along to Hamilton Road where you will find a range of food and gift stalls, and at The Canopy, meet Father Christmas and listen to carol singers and live entertainment.

Children can join in with the magical candlelight parade, which starts at 4.30pm in Hamilton Road, and leads up to the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm. 

Framlingham

Head to Market Hill in Framlingham on Sunday 27th November and watch the Christmas lights get switched on from 3-3.30pm. Afterwards, join the Light Up a Life Service for St Elizabeth's Hospice at St Michael's Church at 4pm.

Market Hill be a hive of festivity on the 10th and 17th December too, as the Framlingham Festive Fanfares take place. There will be live music from Castleton Brass and you can peruse the shops and market stalls for your Christmas food and gifts. 

On 3rd December, St Michael's Church, off Market Hill plays host to the annual Christmas Tree Festival; with Fairtrade stalls, refreshments, live music and carol singing, it's sure to get you in the festive spirit!