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Great Yarmouth Town Centre prepares to host Christmas Market

Great Yarmouth's three-day Christmas spectacular will start at midday on Friday, December 2, at Brewery Plain Car Park. The market will then be open from 10am until 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Lucy, of Paintsy by Lucy, in her chalet at Gorleston Christmas Market

The Mayor of Great Yarmouth, Cllr Graham Plant will push the button on the traditional light switch-on at 7pm on Friday, December 2, which will be followed by a firework display, provided by Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership.

The light switch-on will also include the triangles of light, which residents and visitors are invited to take selfies with and share on social media. One can be found in front of Great Yarmouth Minster and the other two will be either side of the market.

As well as browsing the beautifully decorated wooden chalets and a large marquee bursting with stalls of food, drinks, arts, crafts and gifts, young visitors can enjoy an interactive nativity scene plus write and post letters in Santa's post box with their wish lists for Christmas.

There'll also be a variety of fairground rides over the weekend placed just north of the Market Place car park, including Tea Cups, a Fun House, trampolines and a carousel.

Local community radio station, Harbour Radio, will be entertaining guests with their jam-packed line up from 12.30pm until 3.30pm on Saturday, December 3.

There is also a festive Elf trail, where children are invited to find the letters hidden in the Christmas market, the Christmas Fayre in The Minster, Great Yarmouth Market and Market Gates, then unscramble them to find the missing words! The top prize is a family ticket to see the Peter Pan pantomime at St George's Theatre, with other prizes kindly supplied by Claire's Accessories and I Just Wanna Candy.

Cllr Daniel Candon, chair of the council's Economic Development committee, said: "Residents, visitors, traders and local businesses have given us great feedback following our Christmas Market in Gorleston a few weeks back, so we are hoping this will be just as successful.

"As Christmas draws closer it's a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping while supporting local and independent shops and traders."

Jonathan Newman, of Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership, said: "It's great that the town is celebrating the festive season with the Christmas Market and free weekend parking to encourage shoppers to support local business in Great Yarmouth.

"We are delighted that the Norwegian Choir, Lardal Kantori, is returning to the town this year as part of the Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre in the Minster - which itself will feature more than 30 stalls - to put on a carol concert at the Minster on evening of Saturday, December 3."

Free parking is available over the festive period on Saturdays and Sundays, which started on Sunday, November 27, and runs until Sunday, January 1, 2023. The participating six town centre car parks are King Street, Market Place, George Street, Brewery Plain, Stonecutters and Fullers Hill.

Parking remains free in most town centre car parks every weekday from 4pm and noon on Wednesdays at King Street, Brewery Plain and George Street.

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Last modified on 01 November 2023

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