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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 - Friday 19th November

Bungay's Christmas lights switch on takes place on Friday 19th November with entertainment, food, drink, stalls, Father Christmas from 4.30pm - 6.30pm.

The Christmas Market takes place a couple of weeks later on the 5th December; a favourite in the Christmas calendar with stalls up and down Earsham Street in Bungay. 

Beccles - Friday 26th November

Beccles Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Friday 26th November. From 5pm till 9pm there will be stalls of all sorts and Christmas Entertainment on the main stage. The lights will be switched on at 6pm by local hero, Paralympic Champion, Gold Medal Winner Jordan Catchpole.

There's lots for children to see and do including stalls hosting children’s games, Christmas Donkeys and a chance to see Santa, as well as of course experiencing the beautiful Christmas Lights around the town centre.

Felixstowe - Saturday 27th November

Christmas is a magical time of year in Felixstowe, with thousands coming from across the region to see the Official Christmas Lights switch on and Craft Market event which will take place on Saturday 27th November. The fantastic event is organised by Felixstowe Lions Club and supported by Felixstowe Town Council. The Lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Felixstowe from the event stage at the Triangle, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.  

Come and see the fantastic range of gift, food and charity stalls all along Hamilton Road to the Triangle Canopy. Santa’s Grotto, carol singing and live entertainment takes place throughout the afternoon. A children’s candlelight parade (starting at 4.30pm) from the Orwell Hotel leads up to the Christmas Lights switch on. 

At the beginning of December, Santa and Rudolph visit Felixstowe and tour the town’s streets and homes in their sleigh every weekday evening between 6-8.30pm.  You can see the routes by visiting www.felixstowerotaryclub.org

For more information, visit: https://www.felixstowe.gov.uk/events-attractions/christmas-in-felixstowe/

Aldeburgh - Saturday 27th November

Aldeburgh Christmas Festivities take place on Saturday 27 November between 10am and 5pm, the lights will be switched on at 4pm by the 1952 Carnival Queen, June Freeman, with prayers and carols performed by the British Legion.

  • From 10am - Christmas Fayre at Aldeburgh Parish Church and 'Knitivity' in the Church
  • 1-4pm - Santa is in his grotto at the Baptist Chapel
  • 3-4pm - Samba at Moot Green
  • 4pm - Christmas lights ceremony at Moot Hall, including carols with the British Legion Band, Town Crier, Christmas blessing by Rev’d James Marston and the big switch on!

Saxmundham - Friday 3rd December

Saxmundham's festivities this year will be taking on a Victorian steam punk twist! The magical evening of Christmas festivities includes a demonstration of the new fabulous electricity, travelling troubadours and saucy dancing. You can visit the local emporiums and bazaars, sip hot punch and soak up the Dickensian festive flavour. There will be prizes for the best Victorian costumes and a shop window competition.

And of course, Father Christmas will be there with treats for the children! (tickets are £3, pre-book only from HG Crisps as numbers are limited). 

Events run from 4pm - 8pm.

Framlingham - Friday 3rd December

Framlingham’s 'Christmas On The Hill' event for 2021 takes place on Friday 3rd December from 4.30pm-10.30pm. 

There will be late night shopping, the tree lighting ceremony, carol singing and music on the market, followed by a lantern procession up to the Castle for further festivities, music and refreshments.

Music will be provided by Castleton Brass Band, The Glass Thistles, Thomas Mills High School, FAYAPs Ikarus, and the acoustic trio Flaxen. Th

There will be enough LED lights to make 200 lanterns for the stunning procession up to the Castle. So look out for the workshop sessions, or make your own at home. (More information can be found here https://framlingham.com/christmas-on-the-hill/). 

Lowestoft - Saturday 4th December

The seaside town of Lowestoft will be switching on their Christmas lights on Saturday 4th December. Activities begin at 12pm, with live entertainment on the stage in the centre of the town and the lights switch on at 5pm.

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverLowestoft

Woodbridge - Sunday 5th December 

Whilst not a Christmas lights switch on as such, the whole town of Woodbridge will be getting into the festive spirit on Sunday 5th December with the Woodbridge Christmas Regatta taking place from 11am - 4pm.

Festooned boats crewed by the Woodbridge Sea Scouts, will accompany Sae Wylfing (The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company’s own half size replica of an Anglo- Saxon ship) to form a mini Christmas regatta! Setting off at approx. 12.30pm and working their way down the River Deben from The Woodbridge Boat Yard, there will then be a parade, to be followed by the public, ending at Whisstocks Place / Tide Mill Way.

On arrival participants will be meet by Santa in his Sleigh, supported by his helpers from the Deben Rotary Club, and live festive music curated by The Spirit Of Woodbridge

A mini Christmas Market, open from 11am – 4pm will feature stall of many of the surrounding shops and restaurants. Additionally, The Longshed, Woodbridge Art Club, The Tide Mill and The Woodbridge Museum will be open to visit and will be hosting an exciting array of exhibitions and activities.



Events

Cinderella

Cinderella

Lowestoft | Mon 13th Dec 2021 - Sun 02nd Jan 2022

Covid-19 restrictions meant that Cinderella couldn’t go to the ball last year.

But, in 2021…she will find her Prince Charming! 

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Neil Sands: Christmas Memories

Neil Sands: Christmas Memories

Lowestoft | Thu 18th Nov 2021

This unforgettable afternoon of nonstop nostalgia is filled with more songs, carols, stunning costumes and festive fun than ever before, taking you back to the time when Christmas was the most wonderful time of the year.

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Fairytale of New York

Fairytale of New York

Lowestoft | Sat 20th Nov 2021

From the producers of the hit show Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners, Fairytale of New York is the ultimate feel-good Irish-inspired Christmas show.

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Cinderella - The Christmas Panto

Cinderella - The Christmas Panto

Felixstowe | Fri 17th Dec 2021 - Mon 03rd Jan 2022

Meet the loveable Buttons, the Ugly Sisters, Evil Stepmother and of course Cinderella as The Spa Pavilion brings you one of their favourite pantomimes. 

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Thorpeness Country Club New Year's Eve Party

Thorpeness Country Club New Year's Eve Party

Thorpeness | Fri 31st Dec 2021 - Sat 01st Jan 2022

Dress in your finest for the biggest party night of the year and celebrate the arrival of 2022 at Thorpeness Country Club.

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Co-op Juniors Christmas Spectacular! 2021

Co-op Juniors Christmas Spectacular! 2021

Snape | Fri 03rd - Sun 12th Dec 2021

Enjoy breathtaking music and dance, dazzling costumes and stage effects, and memorable Christmas nostalgia that will leave the whole family ready for the festive season. 

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Foodie Gifts Cooking Club

Foodie Gifts Cooking Club

Framlingham | Wed 08th Dec 2021

The Food Hub's evening foodie gifts club is perfect for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations.

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Christmas Garland and Foodie Gifts Cookery Course

Christmas Garland and Foodie Gifts Cookery Course

Ipswich | Fri 10th Dec 2021

This Christmas garland and foodie gifts course is perfect for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations.

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Christmas Centrepiece and Foodie Gifts Cookery Course

Christmas Centrepiece and Foodie Gifts Cookery Course

Ipswich | Wed 15th Dec 2021

The Food Hub's Christmas table centre and foodie gifts course is perfect for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations.

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Christmas Centrepiece and Foodie Gifts Cookery Course

Christmas Centrepiece and Foodie Gifts Cookery Course

Ipswich | Wed 15th Dec 2021

Our Christmas table centre and foodie gifts course is perfect for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations.

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Christmas Chocolate Cookery Course

Christmas Chocolate Cookery Course

Ipswich | Sat 18th Dec 2021

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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Brunch with Santa

Brunch with Santa

Framlingham | Sat 18th Dec 2021

Come and enjoy a fun, festive and delicious brunch before a magical meet with Santa at Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park.

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Christmas Bazaar at Kingfishers

Christmas Bazaar at Kingfishers

Woodbridge | Fri 03rd - Thu 23rd Dec 2021

Kingfishers in collaboration with Quirkitudinous and friends invite you to spend a relaxing day in the glorious, rural surroundings of Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park for a day of Christmas Shopping with a difference.

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Woodbridge Dance Folkus Xmas Barn Dance

Woodbridge Dance Folkus Xmas Barn Dance

Woodbridge | Fri 03rd Dec 2021

Ideal for those people who want something unusual for their annual work celebration event.

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Woodbridge Christmas Regatta

Woodbridge Christmas Regatta

Woodbridge | Sun 05th Dec 2021

This Christmas, celebrate the beginning of the festive season in style as the community groups of Woodbridge unite to welcome Father Christmas to town with a Christmas market and live music.

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TwelvePlusArts Christmas Show

TwelvePlusArts Christmas Show

Woodbridge | Sat 04th - Sun 12th Dec 2021

Local art group Twelve Plus Arts, based in and around Woodbridge, will be holding a Christmas exhibition at The Grundisburgh House Gallery from the 4th to the 12th December 2021.
The gallery is open from 10am-5pm throughout the event.

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Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape | Sat 18th Dec 2021

Join Snape Maltings for their special Christmas Farmers’ Market, returning this year on their Henry Moore lawn to surround a wonderful Keyworker Thanks light installation. 

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Christmas Wreath Making

Christmas Wreath Making

Framlingham | Thu 09th Dec 2021

Enjoy a fun and creative evening at Kingfishers for the Christmas wreath making workshop hosted by Ed Hopkins from the amazing Greenroom East.

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St. Peter's Christmas Market

St. Peter's Christmas Market

Bungay | Sun 28th Nov 2021

St. Peter's Christmas market is back!
Come and join us on Sunday 28th November 10-4 for lots of festive fun!

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Sustainable Scandi Christmas Decorations Workshop

Sustainable Scandi Christmas Decorations Workshop

Framlingham | Wed 15th Dec 2021

Come and join Emma from the foldedsideproject and Kay from Kinship Creative at the Christmas Bazaar at Kingfishers Cretingham for a fun morning learning how to make Scandi style folded paper decorations and foraged natural garlands for your home this festive season.

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Orford Festive Makers Market

Orford Festive Makers Market

Orford | Sun 21st Nov 2021

Fifteen local makers will be presenting their wares and discussing them at this very casual event.
Why not spend a day in the lovely village of Orford and enjoy the many fine attractions.

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Winter Fair at Glemham Hall

Winter Fair at Glemham Hall

Woodbridge | Sat 20th - Sun 21st Nov 2021

Do come and join us at the Winter Fair at Glemham Hall. The Wedding Marquee and the main rooms of the Hall itself will be overflowing with lovely things for the home and garden.

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Africa Alive Christmas Experience

Africa Alive Christmas Experience

Lowestoft | Fri 26th Nov - Fri 24th Dec 2021

Enjoy a fully immersive Christmas Experience at Africa Alive!

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Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre

Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre

Saxmundham |

Showcasing stunning Christmas gift ideas from local small businesses and crafters.

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Masters of Swing Christmas Crooners

Masters of Swing Christmas Crooners

Lowestoft | Fri 10th Dec 2021

The glamour and panache of the Big Band era comes to Lowestoft this festive season as the ‘In Full Swing’ company return to the Seagull Theatre with their festive show ‘Masters of Swing – Christmas Crooners’ on Friday 10th December at 7.30pm.

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Christmas Crooners

Christmas Crooners

Bungay | Fri 26th Nov 2021

The glamour and panache of the Big Band era comes to Bungay this festive season as the ‘In Full Swing’ company return to the town’s Fisher Theatre with their festive show ‘Masters of Swing – Christmas Crooners’ on Friday 26th November at 7.30pm.

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The Amazing, Stupendous Saxmundham Victorian Christmas with a Twist!

The Amazing, Stupendous Saxmundham Victorian Christmas with a Twist!

Saxmundham | Fri 03rd Dec 2021

You wont believe your eyes at the wonders, magic and splendour!

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Christmas Experience

Christmas Experience

Framlingham | Sat 04th - Fri 24th Dec 2021

Easton Farm Park is hosting a festive extravaganza on the farm this year, with a multitude of Christmas activities to keep the you entertained from the 4th - 24th December.

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Father Christmas sails into Snape Quay

Father Christmas sails into Snape Quay

Snape | Sun 19th Dec 2021

Visit Snape Maltings to experience a wonderful Suffolk tradition of Father Christmas sailing along the River Alde.

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The Snowman with Live Orchestra

The Snowman with Live Orchestra

Snape | Sun 19th Dec 2021

Experience The Snowman on a big screen accompanied by a live orchestra. Festive magic for the whole family!

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Aldeburgh Christmas Festivities 2021

Aldeburgh Christmas Festivities 2021

Aldeburgh | Sat 27th Nov 2021

Come and enjoy a day of festive fun in Aldeburgh with Craft Fayres, Knitivitys, Samba, Santa and of course the Big Switch On!

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Café Bencotto Christmas Menu

Café Bencotto Christmas Menu

Felixstowe | Tue 30th Nov - Fri 31st Dec 2021

Enjoy a Christmas meal at Café Bencotto with a choice of 2 or 3 courses, which includes a glass of Prosecco, purified water and Christmas crackers.

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Christmas in The Alex Café Bar

Christmas in The Alex Café Bar

Felixstowe | Wed 01st - Thu 30th Dec 2021

Why not reserve and area in the Alex Café Bar with your friends, colleagues or family and The Alex will provide the Festive Buffet.

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Family Fun Holiday Theatre & Workshops

Family Fun Holiday Theatre & Workshops

Beccles | Wed 22nd Dec 2021

Come and spend the day at Henham Barns, Henham Park, the home of Latitude Festival for a fun filled day for all the family with theatre, workshops and Cafe.

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Christmas on the Hills

Christmas on the Hills

Woodbridge | Sat 11th Dec - Wed 24th Nov 2021

Experience a wonderful Christmas spectacular at Seckford Hills this December.

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Bungay Christmas Lights Switch On

Bungay Christmas Lights Switch On

Bungay | Fri 19th Nov 2021

Get into the festive spirit in Bungay as the Christmas lights are switched on!

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Beccles Christmas Lights Switch On

Beccles Christmas Lights Switch On

Beccles | Fri 26th Nov 2021

On Friday 26th November Beccles will be lighting up the town with Christmas Spirit, hosting its annual light switch on event.

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