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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!

Ipswich - Thursday 21st November

Ipswich will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas, with the annual tradition of switching on the Christmas lights set to take place on Thursday 21st November.

There's a packed programme of events taking place, with live MC's counting down to the official switch on by the town's mayor, plus late night Christmas shopping.

Bungay - Friday 22nd November

Celebrating 20 years of Bungay's iconic gold and silver lights, the Christmas lights switch on takes place on Friday 22nd November with entertainment, food, drink, stalls, Father Christmas and a giant snow globe from 4.30pm - 6.30pm.

The Christmas Market takes place a couple of weeks later on the 1st December; a favourite in the Christmas calendar with stalls up and down Earsham Street in Bungay, plus Father Christmas will be there his sleigh and there's live music and the traditional craft fair in St Mary's Church.

Halesworth - Saturday 23rd November

The market town of Halesworth will be lighting up with an afternoon of festivities on Saturday 23rd November. Events start at 2pm with live music and entertainment. Father Christmas will be in his winter grotto and there will be a procession led by the by the Band of the Royal British Legion, Leiston. 

The Thoroughfare will also play host to Christmas carols and music from 'Backtrackin' at 5.30pm.

Beccles - Friday 29th November

Beccles Christmas lights switch on really is an event not to be missed! The town will be a hive of festive activity on Friday 29th 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 - Friday 29th November

The riverside town of Woodbridge will be holding their 'Light Up Woodbridge for Christmas' on Friday 29th November, with festive events taking place from 6pm - 9pm.

Father Christmas will be the special guest at the Thoroughfare from 6pm - 6.30pm, collecting children's letters. Shops throughout the town will be staying open for late night Christmas shopping and Woodbridge creative arts will will be selling Christmas goodies and cards.

Plus there will be festive food offerings from Keo Street in the Thoroughfare, selling sausages and mash, hot dog and vegan food!

Lowestoft - Saturday 30th November

The seaside town of Lowestoft will be switching on their Christmas lights on Saturday 20th November. Activities begin at 1pm, with live entertainment on the stage in the centre of the town. 

For more information, visit: http://www.discoverlowestoft.co.uk/events/christmas-light-switch-on-1057/

Southwold - Saturday 30th November

The festive celebrations in the seaside town of Southwold take place on the 30th November, starting with the Street Fair with stalls and entertainment from 2pm. The official switch on takes place at 5pm in the market place 

Felixstowe - Saturday 30th November

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 30th November 2019 with events taking place from 10am and the lights being switched on at 5pm. 

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.

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

Aldeburgh - Saturday 7th December

There's a festive day in store for residents and visitors to Aldeburgh on Saturday 7th December.

Visit the Parish Church for their Christmas Tree Festival; head to the Church Hall for a ‘Victorian Market’; book for a circuit round the festive skating rink at the Jubilee Hall; follow the Dickensian Christmas trail organised by Aldeburgh Museum; and visit Santa in his grotto at the Baptist Chapel. The day will culminate with the switch-on of the Christmas lights on the High Street.

The High Street and businesses around the town will come alive with special offers, tastings and events and there will also be a competition for the best dressed window. 

The day will also mark the 120th anniversary of the Aldeburgh Lifeboat disaster. Head to the beach to see the RNLI lifeboat launch at 11:30 in memory of the seven members who lost their lives.

Framlingham - Saturday 7th December

Whilst there's no official switch on in Framlingham, this year the Festive Fram shopping event will take place on Saturday 7th December, from 10am to 4pm.

All the shops and market stalls will be open and full of tempting gifts, food and drink to help make your perfect Christmas. For the younger ones, Father Christmas will be in his grotto, there will be hot food, Castletown Brass playing from 10am, followed by 3 choirs, a Nativity, the main tree blessing and more!

This event runs alongside the Friends of St Michaels beautiful Christmas Tree Festival.

Reydon - Saturday 7th December

Saturday 7th 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.