Ipswich will be a blaze of light and colour when the Christmas lights are switched on on Thursday 19th November – the first late shopping night.
The Mayor of Ipswich, Glen Chisholm, will join stars of the Regent Theatre Panto, Aladdin, to turn on the lights at 6.30pm. A programme of music will give people a festive flavour before the big count down.
Special events are planned for the five late-night shopping events every Thursday between November 19th and December 17th.
There are also expected to be family-themed events on the five Sundays leading up to Christmas.
In December, a special town centre seasonal market will bring festive stalls and entertainment to Suffolk’s county town.
The weekend market of around 50 stalls will complement the regular four-times weekly town centre market and provide something for everyone on the run-up to the big day.
With bustling stalls spread along Princes Street, Giles Circus, Butter Market and Queen Street, the market will attract thousands of visitors from across the county.
Among the special attractions from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th December will be locally sourced foods and crafts together with a mixture of gifts, fashions and accessories.
Background music, fairground rides, street entertainment and a festive bar will also add to the seasonal feel of a great Ipswich Christmas.
Borough councillor Colin Kreidewolf, who has been working on the festive plans, said, “We are putting together a fantastic festive programme to make sure the town sparkles for the six weeks leading up to Christmas. As well as the switch-on itself on the first late shopping night and the three-day festive market we are bringing a giant snow globe, local choirs and street entertainment.”