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All you need to know about Christmas light switch-ons in Yarmouth and Waveney

PUBLISHED: 13:47 13 November 2019 | UPDATED: 16:15 13 November 2019

Mayor Mary Coleman at the Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Mary Coleman

Mayor Mary Coleman at the Christmas lights switch-on. Picture: Mary Coleman

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The days get darker but strings of sparkling lights will soon dangle above the streets of our towns and villages.

Beccles Christmas Lights 2018. Photo: Charlotte James Photography and Events.Beccles Christmas Lights 2018. Photo: Charlotte James Photography and Events.

As we approach the 2019 festive season, communities across Great Yarmouth and Waveney will be flipping the switch on their Christmas lights at events that over the years have become increasingly flamboyant.

This is when the switch-on is taking place in your area and what you can expect at each event.

1. Great Yarmouth

November 29, from 5pm

Preparations are underway for the festive light switch-ons in the area, here Great Yarmouth christmas lights switch on 2018  Photo Ella WilkinsonPreparations are underway for the festive light switch-ons in the area, here Great Yarmouth christmas lights switch on 2018 Photo Ella Wilkinson

Live music and entertainment will celebrate the arrival of Father Christmas who will switch on the town's festive lights in the market place at 7pm.

The illumination will be followed by fireworks.

Most shops in the town and in Market Gates will also be open late.

The event also marks the start of the Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre, running until December 1, with a marquee in the market place selling festive food and gifts.

Great Yarmouth christmas lights switch on 2018Great Yarmouth christmas lights switch on 2018

Great Yarmouth Minster will also be filled with gifts and baked goods.

Santa's Grotto will be next door in the Priory.

2. Lowestoft

November 30, 1pm to 5pm

The countdown to Christmas is beginning.....pictured here the Great Yarmouth christmas lights switch on 2018 as we look forward to 2019 festivities    Photo Ella WilkinsonThe countdown to Christmas is beginning.....pictured here the Great Yarmouth christmas lights switch on 2018 as we look forward to 2019 festivities Photo Ella Wilkinson

Stilt-walkers and musicians are expected to entertain visitors to Lowestoft's switch-on, with Father Christmas and his reindeers also in attendance.

3. Gorleston

November 24, 5pm

Music, food and fun rides will be some of the attractions at the seaside town's switch-on, with a firework display at 6pm.

The Southwold Christmas lights switch-on spectacular. Father Christmas arrives with his five elves. Pictures: Mick HowesThe Southwold Christmas lights switch-on spectacular. Father Christmas arrives with his five elves. Pictures: Mick Howes

Children can visit Santa in his grotto at Fusion Hairdressers.

4. Bungay

November 22, 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Now in its 20th year, the switch-on of the town's lights will be celebrated with a traditional mix of music, food and drink - as well as the arrival of Father Christmas.

The Christmas Street Fair will take place on December 1 from 8am to 4pm.

5. Caister

December 6, 6.45pm

The switch-on will take place inside and outside the parish council hall.

6. Beccles

November 29, 5.30pm

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Attractions will include the usual local acts on stage and a variety of stalls and entertainment.

The programme of events is yet to be confirmed.

7. Southwold

November 30, from 2pm

Another switch-on by the sea will take place in the town's Market Place from the balcony of the Swan Hotel.

There will also be a street fair from 2pm on the High Street, with stalls, live music and carol singing, as well as refreshments and mulled wine.

8. Halesworth

November 23, 2pm to 8pm

Father Christmas will be in his grotto in St Mary's Church from 2pm until 3.30pm and again at 5.15pm.

A rock choir will entertain by the Thoroughfare Bridge at 4.30pm before the official switch-on by Durrants at 5pm.

9. Loddon

Date and time TBC

Lights will be hung above Bridge Street and are expected to connect with Chedgrave, joining the two parishes together.

There will also be lights in the trees around Church Plain.

10. Acle

TBC

While the date and time for the lights is not yet confirmed, carols will take place around the tree on the Green at 7pm on December 7.

Make sure to check before you travel to a Christmas lights switch-on as the date may be subject to change due to weather.

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