7 of the best Christmas light switch-ons in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 15:59 18 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:59 18 November 2015

Christmas Lights © Artfoliophoto /Getty Images

Christmas Lights © Artfoliophoto /Getty Images


Get into the Christmas spirit this season and visit some of Norfolk’s Christmas light displays, with celebrity guest appearances, special events, and lots of food.


1. Holt

Holt’s annual Christmas Light switch-on is back and it’s bigger than ever. On the 25 November the town will be covered in thousands of fairy-tale lights along the gables and roofs of buildings throughout the town and the spectacular Christmas trees. Get into the festive spirit by watching entertainment on Holt’s high street and then see the Christmas lights being switched on from 6pm followed by the fireworks finale. www.holtchristmaslights.org

2. Burnham Market

Burnham Market’s Christmas Lights Switch on will be held on Saturday 21 November to turn on the town’s Christmas Lights. Expect family entertainment, fairground rides, market stalls and carol singers for you all to enjoy. You can also visit the skating rink on Fairstead Green on the 18, 19 and 20 December and skate beneath the Christmas Lights with mulled wine, mince pies and music. www.burnhammarket.co.uk

3. Countdown to Christmas in Norwich

Norwich Christmas Lights is one of the biggest nights on the city’s calendar. On 19 November, wrap up warm and visit Norwich’s city centre to watch live music and family entertainment. All the fun starts at 6pm with Father Christmas travelling around on his sleigh, gospel singers, acrobatics, a buxom pair of traditional pantomime dames, dancers and singers from the Garage. The lights will be switched on by online sensations, Tanya Burr and Jim Chapman, from 7pm, where thousands of fans are to flock the city to catch the glimpse of the couple who over the last few years have shot to stardom with their videos and product lines. www.visitnorwich.co.uk

4. Fakenham

Fakenham will switch on their Christmas lights on Saturday 21 November. Visit the town centre with plenty of things to do for all of the family. Join in with the Christmas carols, visit Santa’s grotto and even grab a selfie with Santa at the Boots store! The event runs from 2pm to 5pm in the Market Place, with Christmas stalls open in Bridge Street and Norwich Street from 11am. Santa’s Grotto will be open from 12pm and then see Santa switch on the lights at 4.30pm. www.kickstartfakenham.org.uk

5. Great Yarmouth Market Place

Celebrate the arrival of Father Christmas in Great Yarmouth on Friday 20 November from 6pm. With live music from Chelsea Francis and the Testostertones on the Heart FM stage to warm up the crowd with Christmas classics before the Mayor switches on the lights at 7pm, followed by a rooftop firework display. There will also be donkey rides and most of the town centre shops will be staying open until 8.30pm. www.great-yarmouth.co.uk

6. Gorleston High Street

Gorleston High Street’s Christmas light switch on and firework display will take place on Sunday 22 November with great fun for all the family. The fun will start at Priory Gardens from 11am with rides, an outdoor skating rink, donkey rides and a brass band. On the High Street, there will be rides and entertainment outside The Feathers public house and you can find Father Christmas in his grotto in Fusion. The lights will switch on at 5pm followed by the grand firework display at 6pm. www.great-yarmouth.co.uk

7. Diss

Pantomime star, Ben Langley will help illuminate the streets of Diss on Saturday 28 November, where the town centre will take centre stage. The switch-on itself is from 6pm, following an afternoon of festivities in Market Place starting at 3pm, including a busy Performance Stage hosted by regular MC’s Park Radio. The market will be filled with seasonal food and drink, while attractions extend down to the Mere’s Mouth, with fairground rides and Santa Claus. www.disscouncil.com

So head down to celebrate these switch ons and get into the festive mood.

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