A wealth of seasonal fun for all at village’s three-day event

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A Christmas Extravaganza is coming to Lavenham next weekend with the switching on of the Christmas lights, street fair, live donkeys in the manger and a bickering medieval couple to surprise.

The festival kicks off on December 7 with the lights switch on at 6pm, with guests of honour, members the family of the late Jo Woodgate who died in Afghanistan in 2010.

There are 40 craft, food and charity stalls for late night shopping in The Guildhall and Market Place plus street entertainment. Lavenham School Christmas Fair will also run that evening with Santa in his grotto.

There is a Christmas tree festival on Friday night and Saturday at the Salvation Army Hall. The street fair runs on Saturday again with a guided lantern walk at 4.30pm. That evening the Village Hall hosts Last Night of the Proms, carols and picnic with Newmarket Brass Band while Sunday sees the Salvation Army Christmas Carol Service with choir and schoolchildren.

A grand raffle features a star prize of the Lavenham Pamper Day with beauty treatments, lunch at the Greyhound and dinner at The Swan.