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18th December 2018

Cornhill will sparkle as Ipswich looks forward to switch-on


The countdown to a magical Ipswich Christmas takes place next Thursday (22nd November).

This is the first year the big Ipswich Christmas lights switch-on will take place against the stunning backdrop of the new-look Cornhill.

There’s a feast of festive fun in store before the countdown at 6.45pm – musical entertainment and seasonal singalongs start at 4.30pm. But our advice is: get there early! The switch-on is always popular and if you want to get the best view of the dazzling display, arrive in good time.

The lights will be switched on by Mayor Jane Riley and a team of “helpers” from the Regent Theatre panto Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs: expect mayhem, magic and mirth in large quantities!

For safety reasons, temporary gates will be closed once capacity in that part of the town centre has been reached. A special area has been set aside for people in wheelchairs and with mobility needs.

On Saturday 24th, the Cornhill will again be busy with the next special event – music from the ever popular Pop Chorus (remember them from last year’s switch-on?) Eighty singers will entertain the festive shoppers at 1pm and 3pm.

Don’t forget to park in the new Crown multi-storey car park – just a bauble’s throw away from all the festive action, which marks the start of the traditional late night Thursday shopping. Parking at Crown is just £2 after 2pm and our wider bays mean you won’t struggle with all your presents or little ones!

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