Lights – Action- Bitterly Cold! – it must be coming up to Christmas – and there’s plenty to celebrate the festive season in Felixstowe this December.
On Saturday 2nd from 10am – 6pm is Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market and Lighting Up Day. The traditional Christmas craft market and the switching on of the lights by the Mayor.
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. A children’s candlelight parade (starting at 4.30pm) along Hamilton Road leads up to the Christmas lights switch on at 5pm. Free car parking is available from 3pm at Crescent Road, Highfield Road and Ranelagh Road car parks.
Programme of events:
10am Christmas Craft Market along Hamilton Road opens. 11.30am Music from “Kingjay” on the stage. 12noon Stalls outside Tesco’s at The Triangle open. 12.30pm Santa and Rudolf arrive at Great Eastern Square, and leave at 12.40pm 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. 1.20-1.50pm Bob starts the live entertainment of the day. 2.10-2.45pm “Imagine” Theatre Company with song and dance. 3pm-3.30pm Felixstowe International College students. 3.40-4.10pm Felixstowe Schools Music Project “Everlasting Light”. 4.20-4.50pm Felixstowe Salvation Army Band with your favourite carols. 4.50-5.00pm The Mayor and Lions President with their speeches. 5pm Lights switched on by the Mayor.
Also on Saturday 2nd Felixstowe Harmonies present Winter Wonderland at 7.30pm in St Marys Church, Walton. A concert with the Felixstowe Harmonies choir of winter themed melodies, light choral and traditional songs.
Special guests, StrictlyCelli (10 cello ensemble) performing works by Bach, Faure, Piazzola, Cold Play, Michael Jackson and many others. Raising funds for Walton Parish Nursing. Tickets £12.00. Box office: 07954 465430.
On Sunday 3rd Felixstowe Community Strings present a Christmas Concert at 3pm in St Peter & Paul Church, Old Felixstowe. An afternoon of Christmas music, featuring Felixstowe Community Strings, Felixstowe Children’s Choir and the Orwell Connection Choir. Guest sololists: Richard Armitage (violin), Peter Strulo (cello) and Lindsay Extance (flute). Adults £5.00, children free. Tickets available on the door.
Also on Sunday 3rd Music in Felixstowe present a Christmas Fanfare at 3pm in St John’s Church, Orwell Rd, a Christmas concert with The Seckford Brass Ensemble.
John Jermy and Ian Abbott (trumpets), Kay Dawson (horn), Dave Cole (trombone) and Geoff Webb (tuba). Also Felixstowe Community Choir. Conductor Emily Bennett. Admission £12.00. Children free. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
On Wednesday 6th Music in Felixstowe present Christmas is Coming at The Orwell Hotel at 11.30am and 7.30pm. A festive concoction of words and music for Christmas. with Brian Theodore Ralph (actor) and Emily Bennett (singer). Admission £10.00. Children free. Advance booking recommended. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
On Friday 8th Suffolk Libraries Presents: Mathew Bourne’s‘ Sleeping Beauty at Felixstowe Library. It begins in 1890, at the christening of Princess Aurora in a Fin-de-Siècle period of fairies, vampires and decadent opulence. She grows into a young woman during the mythical Edwardian era, a golden age of long summer afternoons and croquet on the lawn. Years later, awakening from her century-long slumber, Aurora finds herself in the modern day, a world more mysterious and wonderful than any fairy story! A gothic romance that will delight dance fans of all ages.
Doors open at 6.30pm, film at 7pm. Tickets £8.00, under 18’s £7.50. Pre-booking essential. 01394 694880.
On Saturday 9th The Dorian Singers present a Christmas Concert 7.30pm at The United Reforned Church, Orwell Rd.
The Dorian Singers under the direction of conductor Alan Loader will perform a feast of seasonal music. Highlights include Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah” and festive carols, plus organ music. Gill Wilson (soprano) and Mim MacMahon (contralto). Tickets £10.00 (including refreshments). Available from The Card Centre (Hamilton Road), or on the door, on the night. In aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. 01394 283170.
Also on Saturday 9th The Orwell Hotel present “G” – Comedy Singing Impressionist, plus Disco Night at 7pm. Enjoy an evening with the UK’s most unique and versatile comedy singing impressionist. Includes a three course meal and disco. £43.00 per person. Pre-booking essential. 01394 285511.
During the day on Saturday 9th Felixstowe Community Choir are at Felixstowe Library from 11am-12noon singing a medley of seasonal songs. Admission free. Just come along and enjoy!
And from 2pm – 4pm Felixstowe Book Festival presents: Crime at Christmas. Crime writers Nicola Upson and Mandy Morton will be discussing the delights of creating murder and mayhem for the festive season. Refreshments included. Tickets £5.00. Pre-booking essential. 01394 694880.
On Saturday 9th at 7.30pm The Spa Paviliion presents The Rocket Man – A tribute to Elton John
Combining breath-taking vocal and piano performances, flamboyant costumes, a dazzling light show – all accompanied by an outstanding band and backing vocals. Travel back in time and be treated to all the hits such as Crocodile Rock, Philadelphia Freedom, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Are You Ready for Love, I’m Still Standing, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Your Song and of course Rocket Man. Adults £27.50. Concessions £25.50.Box Office: 01394 284962.
And on Sunday 10th the Spa presents The Rat Pack Live! Christmas Party at 3pm
They were the definition of cool during their Fifties and Sixties Vegas heyday – Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr and Frank Sinatra. Join the UK’s best Rat Pack show in a festive-packed seasonal spectacular which combines Christmas classics Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) with all your favourite Rat Pack hits. Adults £26.50. Concessions £24.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Tuesday 12th Orwell Connection Choir present a Christmas Concert at 7.30pm at Trinity Methodist Church, Orwell Rd. Refreshments available. Admission free but donations welcome in aid of the John Le Vay Cancer charity at Ipswich Hospital.
On Wednesday 13th Variations Choir Christmas Concert present ‘Christmas Favourites’ at 7.30pm at The Conservative Club with Christmas songs, carols and readings with the Variations Choir. Bar available. In aid of the RNLI. Tickets £7.00, including refreshments available from J. & C. Webb in Orwell Road, or on the door
On Saturday 16th The Spa presents Soul Legends at 7.30pm bringing to life the hits of Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind and Fire, and more, all in “soulsational” style! Adults £27.50. Concessions £25.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
And on Sunday 17th at The Spa Joe Longthorne In Concert at 7.30pm
One of those few select vocalists who have earned the right to be called a song stylist, an instantly recognised voice with the ability to stamp their name on every song they perform and make it their own. Joe also possesses an incredible gift for impersonations, his repertoire is packed full. From his signature impression of Dame Shirley Bassey to Tony Bennett, Sir Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Sammy Davis Jnr, the list is endless. Adults £21.00. Concessions £19.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Thursday 21st Ipswich Over 50’s Brass Band present a Christmas Concert at The Orwell Hotel from 2pm – 4pm £6.00, including mince pies, tea and coffee in the interval. No need to book, just turn up. All profit, after costs have been met, will be shared equally between the band, St. Elizabeth Hospice and EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices).
On Friday 22nd Harry Cambridge as Luther Vandross, plus Disco Night at The Orwell Hotel at 7pm. Includes a three course meal and disco. £43.00 per person. Pre-booking essential. 01394 285511.
From Saturday 23rd – 7th January Dennis Lowe Theatre Company present – Aladdin at The Spa
Enjoy a magic carpet ride of a pantomime! Aladdin dreams of marrying Princess Jasmine who is beautiful and well connected but the wicked magician Abanazar has tricked Aladdin into helping him find a magic lamp hidden in a secret cavern high in the hills. Aladdin soon finds himself trapped with only a pile of plastic jewels and a battered old lamp for company while his mother, Widow Twanky, and brother, Wishee Washee, are both excited at the prospect of great riches. It’s only when Aladdin rubs the scruffy lamp that his adventure really begins!
23rd, 24th and 26th December 2.30pm, 29th December 7pm. 30th December 11am and 3pm. 31st December 11am and 5pm. 1st January 2.30pm. 6th January 11am and 4pm. 7th January 2.30pm. Adults £17.50-£19.50. Concessions £11.50-£13.50. Family (two adults and two children) £50.00-£58.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 23rd at The Orwell Hotel Troubadour Christmas Spectacular, plus Disco Night at 7pm includes a three course meal and disco. £43.00 per person. Pre-booking essential. 01394 285511.
On Thursday 28th – Saturday 30th Common Ground Theatre Company present Sherlock Holmes and The Hooded Lance.
Holmes and Watson face their stiffest challenge yet, in the shape of the Hooded Lance, their newest and deadliest adversary, who is hell bent on spoiling everyone’s Christmas and being really annoying!
Can our intrepid duo save the festive season from the clutches of this dastardly demon. Can they cook his goose, or will he crush their baubles and make prize turkeys of them? Created by writing team Pat Whymark and Julian Harries, best known for their hugely successful Christmas shows for Eastern Angles Theatre Company.
Julian dons the famous deerstalker yet again for a classic comedy Christmas mystery with all the Common Ground trimmings – sparkling wit, ingenious staging, hilarious songs, and surreal flights of festive fancy. Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm. Saturday at 4pm and 7.30pm. Tickets £12.00. Under 21’s £7.00. Pre-booking essential. 07807 341364.