Bury St Edmunds’ Christmas lights promise to be bigger and brighter this year - with penguins, reindeer and husky dogs promised for the grand switch on.
A full stage programme of acts has been lined-up for the launch on Thursday, November 19 and several areas of the town will see new and improved illuminations including in St John’s Street.
Some of the major car parks will also be lit for the first time. Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds which is responsible for the illuminations, said: “From the moment people step out of their cars until when they leave they’ll see a bright and beautiful town centre.”
The ever-popular penguins and other animals will be in a special enclosure near the top of Abbeygate Street with a stage near Moyse’s Hall, on Cornhill. There will also be festive stalls and attractions and the whole event starts at 2pm.
The stage shows featuring eight different performances from schools and colleges start at 3.10pm and at just before 7pm, when the lights go on, Father Christmas will ride through the town on a galleon.
A Robbie Williams tribute act will round off the night.
Parking for the switch on and all subsequent Thursdays in the run up to Christmas will be free in town centre car parks from 4pm.