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All you need to know about Felixstowe’s big Christmas lights switch-on day

PUBLISHED: 12:03 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:48 28 November 2018

Felixstowe Christmas Lights switch-on last year Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOORE

Felixstowe Christmas Lights switch-on last year Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOORE

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It’s one of the resort’s not-to-be-missed events – when thousands of people pack the town centre for the moment when the Christmas season truly gets under way.

Esme Smy, Calvin Whiting, Kaitlyn Whiting and Alice Graves at the Felixstowe Christmas light switch-on Picture: HARMAN HOPKINSEsme Smy, Calvin Whiting, Kaitlyn Whiting and Alice Graves at the Felixstowe Christmas light switch-on Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

For the organisers, the Felixstowe Lions, it’s the culmination of thousands of man hours given free to maintain the lighting display, and put up the twinkling garlands and other displays, and the tree on the Triangle in Hamilton Road.

Light-up day is on Saturday (December 1) and will feature a Christmas Craft Market, charity stalls and a full programme of entertainment.

Hamilton Road will be closed between York Road and Cobbold Road for the day, as will the shared space for the food and craft fair.

Stalls open from 10am and then at 12.30pm Santa and Rudolph arrive at Great Eastern Square, ready to set off at 12.45pm with their helpers as they parade down Hamilton Road to the Triangle, where Father Christmas will be in his grotto from 1pm.

Last year's candlelight parade Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOORELast year's candlelight parade Picture: TIM GARRETT-MOORE

The afternoon’s entertainment will include singers, belly dancers and the Felixstowe Schools Christmas Charity Music Project.

Then at 4.30pm as dusk falls, there will be a children’s candlelight parade through Hamilton Road to the switch on at 5pm.

Entertainment programme

1.15pm: Music from Kingjay.

People gathered to see the Christmas lights get switched on in Felixstowe Picture: HARMAN HOPKINSPeople gathered to see the Christmas lights get switched on in Felixstowe Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

1.40pm: Music from Bob with his guitar.

2.15pm: Imagine Theatre Group.

2.55pm: Felixstowe Harmonies.

3.30pm: Hara Tribal Belly dancers.

3.45pm: Felixstowe Schools Christmas Charity Music Project.

4.20pm: Felixstowe Salvation Army Band.

4.50pm: Mayor of Felixstowe and Lions’ president David Cawdron.

5pm: Lights switch on.

5.05pm Music from Ali Mac.

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