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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!

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 30th 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

Woodbridge

The riverside town of Woodbridge will be holding their big switch on, on Friday 30th November in the Market Square. It's a great opportunity to start (or finish!) your Christmas shopping too as shops will be staying open for late night shopping from 6pm to 8pm. There will be live music, food stalls and refreshments with the lights on the main Christmas tree in the square being switched on at 7pm by the Mayor.

The following week on Sunday 2nd December, the town will be holding it's famous Christmas Fair - with some of Suffolk's finest food & drinks producers and craftsmen selling their wares - the perfect festive day out!

For more information visit www.choosewoodbridge.co.uk/event/woodbridge-christmas-lights-switch

Framlingham

The 3-day festivities begin in Framlingham on Friday 30th November from 5pm - 8pm on Market Hill, with the official Christmas tree light switch on event. There's an evening of live entertainment on offer plus late night shopping and oodles of Christmas magic, plus the arrival of Father Christmas!

The fun continues throughout the weekend with Framingham's Christmas Tree Festival in St Michael's Church on Saturday 1st December. The Christmas and charity market takes place on Sunday 2nd December from 10am - 3pm on Market Hill where you can purchase handmade gifts and local produce. 

For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/752189805148511/ 

Lowestoft 

The seaside town of Lowestoft will be switching on their Christmas lights on Saturday 1st December. Activities begin at 3pm, with live entertainment on the stage in the centre of the town. 

In the midst of the excitement those cheeky little elves have been causing mischief in the town and your help is needed from 3pm - 4pm to find the four missing elves which have hidden themselves within Lowestoft shops. You can pick up an entry form from the Beach Patrol which will be located next to the stage in Lowestoft town centre, find the Elves and record their name on the entry form along with your details, then hand back into the beach Patrol and at 4pm the lucky winner will be selected at random and be this years star guest turning on the Christmas lights.

For more information, visit: www.discoverlowestoft.co.uk/events/light-switch-on-806/

Felixstowe

Christmas is kicked off in style in Felixstowe! Christmas is a magical time of year in Felixstowe, the official Christmas Lights switch on and Craft Market takes place on Saturday 1st December 2018 at 5pm. The Lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Felixstowe from the event stage at the Triangle, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.  

You can start your Christmas shopping too as there will be a fantastic range of gift, food and charity stalls all along Hamilton Road to the Triangle Canopy. Santa’s Grotto, carol singing and live entertainment will also be taking place throughout the afternoon as well as a magical children’s candlelight parade, starting at 4.40pm, leading up to the switch on. 

From Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd December, the ice rink will also be in town at Great Eastern Square on Hamilton Road. You can don your skate from 10am - 6pm daily and also enjoy the snow machine, festive music and food and drink stalls.

For more information, visit: http://www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/whats-on/events-diary/felixstowe-christmas-craft-market-and-lighting-up-day-2/

Reydon

Saturday 6th December is the big switch on at Reydon Corner (just outside Southwold). Lights will be switched on at 6pm, plus there will be the blessing of the crib. Get into the festive spirit listen to the handbell ringers and join in with carols around the tree. Santa himself will even be making an appearance!

If the weather is soggy, then this will take place in Reydon Village Hall. 

Saxmundham

The town's Christmas Festival takes place on Friday 7th December, with festivities taking place along the High Street including carol singing, Christmas music and entertainment from 4.30pm - 7pm, with the lights being switched on at 5.30pm. 

You can buy stocking fillers and festive fayre at the market and visit Santa in his grotto too!





Events

Birds by Barge Cruise  on the River Stour

Birds by Barge Cruise on the River Stour

Ipswich | Sun 16th Dec 2018, Sun 30th Dec 2018, Sun 13th Jan 2019

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of East Anglia’s finest wildlife spectacles and see thousands of birds on a magnificent estuary.

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Christmas at Africa Alive!

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Kessingland | Sat 15th - Sun 16th Dec 2018, Thu 20th - Mon 24th Dec 2018

See Santa Claus at the park and enjoy some festive fun in the Discovery Centre.

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Santa's Grotto at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Santa's Grotto at The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge | Sat 15th - Sun 16th Dec 2018

Following on from the huge success of last year The Suffolk Punch Trust are running Santa's Grotto again!

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Christmas Spectacular! 2018: The Nutcracker

Christmas Spectacular! 2018: The Nutcracker

Snape | Fri 07th - Sun 16th Dec 2018

Presented by The Co-op Juniors Theatre Company

A magical musical version of Clara and The Nutcracker

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Christmas Party Night at High Lodge

Christmas Party Night at High Lodge

Halesworth | Sat 08th Dec 2018

Perfect for a Christmas works do or grab your friends and family and party the night away on one of our two Christmas Party Nights. Two Course Meal & Disco

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Christmas Casino Party Night

Christmas Casino Party Night

Halesworth | Sat 15th Dec 2018

Three Course Meal, Casino & Disco-Dress To Impress

Perfect for a Christmas works do or grab your friends and family and party the night away on one of our two Christmas Party Nights.

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Jimmy's Christmas Fayre

Jimmy's Christmas Fayre

Ipswich | Sat 01st - Sun 02nd Dec 2018

Jimmy's Farm Christmas fayre on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December 2018 10am-4pm

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Beachcombing on Bawdsey Beach - A Winter Walk

Beachcombing on Bawdsey Beach - A Winter Walk

Bawdsey | Sat 01st Dec 2018

Bawdsey beach is beachcombing heaven: a cracking example of our Suffolk shingle and its plants, full of shells and full of sea glass.

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Vienna Festival Ballet: Nutcracker at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Vienna Festival Ballet: Nutcracker at Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

Felixstowe | Wed 28th Nov 2018

Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll.

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Discovery Session: A Ceremony of Carols and A Hymn at The Red House

Discovery Session: A Ceremony of Carols and A Hymn at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Wed 28th Nov 2018

The ever popular sessions led by Britten Pears Foundation's Lucy Walker.

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Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols at The Red House

Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Fri 07th Dec 2018

Go along to The Red House, Aldeburgh and sing Britten's festive choral work.

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Mini Music Makers Christmas Party at The Red House

Mini Music Makers Christmas Party at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Fri 14th Dec 2018

A special Christmas event for the little ones. (suitable for 0-5 years)

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A Christmas Recital at The Red House

A Christmas Recital at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Fri 14th Dec 2018

Get in the festive spirit with a Christmas recital featuring soprano Nazan Fikret.

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Christmas Carols at The Red House

Christmas Carols at The Red House

Aldeburgh | Tue 18th Dec 2018

Join The Red House for a festive sing-a-long of Christmas carols!

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Christmas Tours at Otley Hall

Christmas Tours at Otley Hall

Ipswich | Thu 13th - Fri 14th Dec 2018

Looking for something different to start your Christmas Celebrations?

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The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at The Marina Theatre

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at The Marina Theatre

Lowestoft | Thu 13th Dec 2018 - Tue 01st Jan 2019

Fly Away To Never Land!

Hoist the mainsail for ship-loads of Pantomime-style nautical naughtiness as The Marine Theatre hooks up with the boy who never grew up in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan

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Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape | Sat 22nd Dec 2018

Snape Maltings' Christmas Farmers’ Market offers locally sourced fresh produce and treats for Christmas.

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Del Boy's Christmas at The White Lion

Del Boy's Christmas at The White Lion

Aldeburgh | Fri 14th Dec 2018

Party games, Pantos and Presents, Crackers Carols and Karaoke await you at 'Del Boy's Christmas' hosted by The White Lion. Aldeburgh

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Create Luxury Wreaths in the Jungle - at Urban Jungle

Create Luxury Wreaths in the Jungle - at Urban Jungle

Beccles | Sat 15th Dec 2018

Create Christmas Wreaths with warm spiced cider and sweet treat in the cosy Suffolk Jungle.

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Initial Ideas - the Christmas Showcase at the Lettering Arts Centre

Initial Ideas - the Christmas Showcase at the Lettering Arts Centre

Snape | Fri 23rd Nov - Sun 23rd Dec 2018

A fantastic selection of unusual and original gifts for Christmas- this year make it personal.

The Lettering Arts Centre at Snape Maltings presents its Christmas showcase. It is a stunning collection of hand-made works designed by the UK's leading lettering artists. There is a wide selection of unique hand-made pieces with inscriptions to amuse and uplift.

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Supper and Carols by Candlelight at The Urban Jungle

Supper and Carols by Candlelight at The Urban Jungle

Beccles | Fri 21st Dec 2018

Join The Urban Jungle for Christmas songs, carols and a few of your year-round favourites too. Get cosy amongst the leaves, with lights and candles whilst the Hand in Hand ladies a cappella quartet and friends meander the sofas and seating areas.

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EACH Woodbridge Carol Service 2018

EACH Woodbridge Carol Service 2018

Woodbridge | Tue 04th Dec 2018

Oh come all ye faithful, EACH volunteers and supporters! Join them for a wonderful Christmassy evening at the EACH Carol Service at St John's Church on St John's Hill in Woodbridge on Tuesday 4th December 2018

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EACH Ipswich Carol Service

EACH Ipswich Carol Service

Ipswich | Tue 18th Dec 2018

Oh come all ye faithful, EACH volunteers and supporters! Join together for a wonderful Christmassy evening at the EACH Carol Service at St Augustine's Church on Bucklesham Road in Ipswich on Tuesday 18th December.

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Chrissy at Christmas at  Aldeburgh Parish Church

Chrissy at Christmas at Aldeburgh Parish Church

Aldeburgh | Sat 22nd Dec 2018

Internationally acclaimed soprano Chrissy Johnston is coming home to bring you the magic of Christmas in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust.

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Christmas Comedy Lunch in The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Christmas Comedy Lunch in The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Ipswich | Tue 18th Dec 2018

Enjoy a Christmas party in The Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall with a delicious lunch and entertainment from impressionist Mike Osman and comedian Nick Page. Tickets are £55 per person, call 01473 333741 to book.

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Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings

Christmas Weekend at Snape Maltings

Snape | Fri 21st - Sun 23rd Dec 2018

This December, find your Christmas spirit at Snape Maltings. Pick up unique gifts and decorations, discover delicious new food and drink, and enjoy the bundle of seasonal concerts and family activities on offer throughout the festive period.

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Christmas Wreaths & Foodie Gifts

Christmas Wreaths & Foodie Gifts

Framlingham | Sat 01st Dec 2018

Christmas wreath and foodie gifts is perfect for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations. Start the day with tea, coffee and mince pies before a hands-on cookery course followed by a light lunch and then an afternoon of flower arranging, creating a wonderfully festive wreath.

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Christmas Chocolate Workshop

Christmas Chocolate Workshop

Framlingham | Sat 08th Dec 2018

Master the art of chocolate making and learn how to create your own delicious delights using the best quality ingredients for your family and friends to enjoy over the festive season.

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Lowestoft Carol Service to help the community ‘remember together’ this Christmas

Lowestoft Carol Service to help the community ‘remember together’ this Christmas

Lowestoft | Thu 13th Dec 2018

'Tree to Remember' provides local people with the opportunity to share treasured memories, both at East of England Co-op Funeral branches and at special carol concerts and services, whilst raising money for local good causes.

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Woodbridge Christmas Street Fair

Woodbridge Christmas Street Fair

Woodbridge | Sun 02nd Dec 2018

2018's Christmas Street fair in Woodbridge, is going to be bigger & better than ever!

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Wednesday Christmas Themed Carvery

Wednesday Christmas Themed Carvery

Halesworth | Wed 19th Dec 2018

High Lodge is delighted to offer a special Mid Week Wednesday Christmas Themed Carvery.

On Wednesday 19th December, 12.00pm-2.30pm.

Large parties are more than welcome so grab your friends and family for that pre-Christmas get together and enjoy a 1 or 2 course Christmas Carvery.

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Art and Design Fair

Art and Design Fair

Aldeburgh | Tue 18th - Sun 23rd Dec 2018

Contemporary work from Suffolk artists & designer makers items include jewellery, ceramics, paintings, prints, bags, furniture and home wares.

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Meet Father Christmas!

Meet Father Christmas!

Dunwich | Sat 08th - Sun 09th Dec 2018

Father Christmas will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Dunwich Heath! Meanwhile, Rudolph and his friends are hiding out on the heath! Can you find them?

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Christmas Shopping Day at Flint Vineyard

Christmas Shopping Day at Flint Vineyard

Bungay | Sat 01st Dec 2018

Join Flint's first ever Christmas Shopping Event. Festive tastings, mulled Pinot Noir and mince pies, plus your last chance to buy wine from the 2017 vintage before it sells out!

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Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Christmas at Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge | Sat 01st - Mon 24th Dec 2018

Christmas at Easton Farm Park is a real treat for all the family, a very special Christmas experience for a special time of year.

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Christmas Lunches(organic and vegetarian) at The Maharishi Peace Palace

Christmas Lunches(organic and vegetarian) at The Maharishi Peace Palace

Woodbridge | Fri 14th - Thu 20th Dec 2018

Arrive at 12.30 for a welcome spiced apple juice in the grand hall with lunch served at 1.00pm. Then enjoy an optional tour of the building and carols round the grand piano. £20 per person. Available every day Friday 14th to Thursday 20th December.

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