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!
The seaside town of Lowestoft is the first to switch on their Christmas lights on Saturday 18th November. Activities begin at 3pm, with performances from Group A, Mark Read from boy band A1 and Breeze Redwine, along with members of the Panto cast Aladdin and other VIP’S.
You can also be in with the chance of entering our free competition to win the incredible opportunity to press that magic red button and turn on the Christmas lights at 5pm by finding four Christmas Elves on the Shelves hidden in shops in the town centre. There will be the Transport museum’s Santa Tram, fun fair and food.
On Friday 8th December, join in the festive fun at the Christmas Spectacular in the town centre featuring the biggest Christmas parade Lowestoft has ever seen, commencing at 4pm from Station Square and finishing at Marina Theatre. A special Santa Train will be looping the town centre for the duration of the event on London Road North and there will be a fun fair, face painting, bouncy castle, giant snow globe, Reindeer and two Christmas Fairs.
For more information, visit: www.discoverlowestoft.co.uk/events/light-switch-on-806/
Beccles Christmas lights switch on really is an event not to be missed! The town will be a hive of festive activity on Friday 24th 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.For more information and full programme of events, visit: www.beccleschristmaslights.co.uk
Head to the pretty market town of Halesworth on Saturday 25th November to see the trees and streets adorned with twinkling lights.
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 9th December. Taking place in the Market Place, it will be packed with food, produce and craft stalls.
The idyllic seaside town of Southwold kicks off its festive celebrations with the Christmas lights switch on on Saturday 25th November.
There will be a wide range of stalls in the marketplace, 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.
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!
The popular seaside town of Aldeburgh will be buzzing on Saturday 2nd December 2017 when the Jubilee Hall throws open its doors to Christmas shoppers who may browse a range of gifts from local traders, enjoy the school choir and visit Santa.
Mulled wine, mince pies and children’s refreshments will be available throughout the event which opens at 11am and closes at 4pm. The town trail can be completed by children, with a prize for every correct entry, there will be demonstrations and attractions along the Aldeburgh High Street throughout the day.
A small funfair will be set up near Moot Hall and the switching on of the Christmas lights at 4pm followed by carol singing.
The mayor will be switching on the lights at this year's 'Lighting Up' event in Felixstowe on Saturday 2nd December.
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.
For more information, visit: www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/latest-news/christmas-in-felixstowe