The streets of Bury St Edmunds will be transformed into a winter wonderland next week after the Christmas lights are switched on in the town.
To ensure that everyone gets into the Christmas spirit, there will be entertainment running from 3pm until 8pm on Thursday, November 16, with the lights being switched on by a special guest at 7pm.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Bury’s Business Improvement District (BID), Our Bury St Edmunds, which is organising the event said: “The event kicks off the festive trading season which is so important for our businesses in the town.
“We have lots of exciting things going on to build up to the lights going on at seven o’clock.”
Guests can pay a visit to a group of penguins as well as a baby reindeer and its mother who will be housed in a special enclosure on Abbeygate Street.
Other entertainment includes a charity market, fairground rides and onstage musical performances by students from the local schools and college.
From 4pm, the arc will also host a range of children’s activites, such as face painting and writing letters to Santa. They will also have the chance to have their photos taken with elves, roller-skaters and stilt-walkers.
All the children’s events are free, but the arc are asking visitors to make a donation to My WiSH charity, which is their charity of the year.
arc Centre Manager, Colin Roberts, said “This is another a great chance for families to come and enjoy our themed events; we have a fabulously fun activity lined up to keep your little ones busy and with the addition of the giant Christmas pudding and some naughty elves, we’re really excited!
“The kid’s events are always popular and it’s fantastic to be able to run them throughout the year while supporting a great local charity such as My WiSH Charity.”
The event will also mark the start of late night shopping evenings every Thursday. As a result, parking in the town will be free after 4pm on Thursdays until Christmas.