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Christmas Lights Switch-on event launches Festive King's Lynn

Picture of the Christmas lights in King's Lynn high street.

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2019

With over 200 independent retailers sitting alongside big names stores, King’s Lynn has plenty to offer shoppers this Christmas.

Add to that a superb range of pubs, restaurants and cafes, street entertainment, a weekly festive fair, live music, Farmers’ Market, and of course the Christmas Light’s Switch-on event, and you’ll soon be feeling festive and getting into the Christmas spirit and supporting your local town centre.

This year's Christmas lights switch-on marks the start of a four-week period of Festive King's Lynn - a programme of events and activities designed to help people encourage people into town to shop, eat, drink and enjoy everything the town has to offer in the lead up to the big day itself.

The Christmas lights switch-on takes place on Thursday, 28 November 2019, in the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn.

The fun starts at 4pm with fairground rides in the Tuesday Market Place, a festive fair with the Bank House and Goldings/Dough Dealers, alongside a mix of craft and artisan food gifts from traders at previous Farmers and Craft Markets. Live Christmassy music will be heard from the bandstand. A new attraction this year is an interactive Christmas mirror which will be in a booth near Jai's chemist. Children can create images that will be projected into the market place.

At 5.30pm, children will parade from Stories of Lynn to the Tuesday Maket Place with their handcrafted glowing and flashing recycled Christmas lanterns. They will arrive in the magnificent market square at 6pm and will be joined children from St Martha's Catholic Primary School signing carols. A local soloist will be giving a special performance before The Chebbs begin their set on the count-down stage.  Britain's Got Talent Champions Twist and Pulse will be taking a break from panto rehearsals to entertain the crowd. The event will be hosted by KLFM who will be getting everyone involved in the countdown to the lights being switched on at 7pm.

Music will continue to play and the festivities will carry on until the town centre shops close at 8pm.

Thursday 28 November is the first of four Festive Thursdays where main town centre retailers will be open until 8pm for late night shopping and cheeky elves in a sleigh, glowing ballerinas and presents on roller skates will delight and enchant shoppers to add to that festive feel.

The first Festive Fair happens on 28 November and takes place over four weekends at the following times:

Thursday and Friday 4pm til 8pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm.

There’ll be fairground rides for little ones while adults can enjoy the artisan food and drink stalls and craft gift stalls featuring both new and regular traders.

Live traditional, acoustic and festive music will be on the bandstand including Bear Club, Sam Coe & The Long Shadows, Jessies Ghost, East Angles Brass, Georgia Shackleton Trio, Kings Lynn Town Band, Flashback Photograph, Jack Daw, Dead Reynolds Acoustic, Simon Benefer, Springwood Big Band, Springwood Band, The Fried Pirates Amy & Eve, Issy Smith, Jason Fox, Sylvia Winter and many more!

Festive Farmer’s Market on 7 December in King's Lynn Minster, Saturday Market Place is the place to pick up some special festive fare from many regular Farmers’ Markets favourites. Choir singing and organ playing will really set the festive tone.

Christmas Window Display competition

Retailers and other businesses in the King’s Lynn Bid area are being encouraged to get involved by creating a festive window display which will then create a trail through the town. To get involved email You will be sent a window stick which must form part of your Christmas-themed display. Judging takes place on 8th December. Not only will entrants get more attention from their fabulous display, but they could win a hamper for their staff, a social media workshop for 5 people from To The End, or up to £2500 of advertising with KLFM 96.7 and Your Local Newspaper.

Festive King’s Lynn is brought to you by Discover King’s Lynn in partnership with the Borough Council of King’s & West Norfolk.

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