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Gorleston tree-ted to return of Christmas Light Switch On

Get ready to unwrap the magic of the holiday season as the Gorleston Christmas Light Switch On returns to light up the town, promising a festive experience that will enchant visitors of all ages.

A photo of the Gorleston Light Switch On in 2022

This year, the event will take over Gorleston High Street, with an array of exciting activities and entertainment to spread the holiday cheer on Sunday, November 19.

Those looking to do a spot of Christmas shopping can browse the vendors who will line the street selling a wide array of handmade crafts and gifts, as well as a wide range of festive foods, hot drinks and sweet treats. The shops along the High Street will also be open for business.

Visitors will be serenaded thanks to a packed schedule of live music from Harbour Radio who has organised a festive playlist of local talent to perform festive classics throughout the day.

There is also a festive Elf trail, where children are invited to find the letters hidden in shop windows, then unscramble them to find the missing words! There are four prizes to be won, including the top prize of a family ticket to Dick Whittington panto at Gorleston Pavilion. Additional prizes are from Penny's Sweet Treats, Sally's Gifts Galore and Flour & Bean.

Her Worship the Mayor, Councillor Penny Carpenter, will be joined on stage by specials guests from the Dick Whittington panto and Jayne Biggs from the Heart to Heart Norfolk Charity for the official light switch on at 5pm, followed by fireworks at 6pm.

Councillor Daniel Candon, Great Yarmouth Borough Council's portfolio holder for economic development and growth, said: "The Christmas Light Switch On in Gorleston was a huge success last year and we hope it is the same again this year.

"The Light Switch On is designed as a free to attend, family event to mark the start of the festive shopping season and encourage hundreds of extra families and shoppers into Gorleston."

Lyndon Bevan, Chair of Visit Great Yarmouth said: "The light switch-on in Gorleston is always a hugely anticipated event and this year will be no different.

"It's a great opportunity to showcase the variety of shops, activities and entertainment on offer, welcoming the local community as well as shoppers from further afield."

Funding from Visit Great Yarmouth/GYTABIA has helped to bring you Gorleston Christmas Switch On.

Last modified on 02 November 2023

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