After the hard work of the Lions over the last few weekends – including a broken ankle for one unfortunate member who got in the way of the cherry picker – the lights will be switched on on Saturday 26th Nov – with a day of events leading up to the moment it all happens.
From 10am there will be a fantastic range of gift and food stalls to browse along Hamilton Road, Lions Club food and charity stalls at The Canopy along with Santa’s Grotto, carol singing and live entertainment throughout the afternoon.
At 4.30pm there will be a children’s candlelight parade along Hamilton Road leads up to the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm.
There will also be free car parking available on from 8am – 6pm at Crescent Road, Highfield Road and Ranelagh Road car parks.
Programme of events
10am Christmas Craft Market along Hamilton Road opens. 11.30 Music from “Kingjay” on the stage. 12.00 Stalls outside Tesco’s at The Triangle open. 12.30 Santa and Rudolf arrive at Great Eastern Square, and leave at 1.40 to parade down Hamilton Road. 1pm Santa arrives at The Triangle outside Tesco’s. Santa’s Grotto opens. Team Spirit display in front of the stage. 1.15-1.45 Music from “Kingjay” on the stage. 1.45-2.15 Bob starts the live entertainment of the day. 2.20-2.50 Felixstowe International College students . 3pm-13.30 Felixstowe Community Choir. 3.40-4.20 Felixstowe Schools Music Project “Everlasting Light”. 4.20-4.50 Felixstowe Salvation Army Band with your favourite carols. 4.50-5pm The Mayor and Lions President with their speeches. 5pm Lights switched on by the Mayor. Phil Hemingway entertains us with a few songs. 6pm Christmas Craft Market along Hamilton Road closes.
Santa and Rudolph
At the beginning of December Santa and Rudolph visit Felixstowe and tour the town’s streets and homes in their sleigh every weekday evening between 6-8.30pm. This is jointly arranged between the local branch of Save the Children and the Felixstowe Rotary Club, and aims to give all families, particularly children, a great Christmas experience as well as raise as much money as possible for Save the Children and Rotary supported charities.
Town Council has again arranged for an free ice rink to be brought to Great Eastern Square in the run up to Christmas. The rink is being sponsored by the East of England Cooperative and also supported by two County Councillors Graham Newman and Nick Barber who have allocated part of their individual Locality Funding towards the venture.
Other activities being planned alongside the rink include rides for smaller children and a stall serving hot food and drinks.
The Mayor will open the ice rink at midday on Saturday 17th December. Members of the public will be able to use the rink between midday to 8pm from the 17th until Wednesday 21st December. On Sunday 18th December it will open from 10am-6pm.
On Christmas Day the Mayor of Felixstowe will be visiting the Christmas Dip Celebrations, the local hospital and the Salvation Army Hall to share in the Christmas Day activities.