‘First’ Festive Funday for Hunstanton Lights Switch On!
- By Elaine Bird
- 25 November 2019
This year's Christmas lights switch-on in Hunstanton on Sunday December 1st will be a dazzling combination of attractions, stalls and family events and will be taking place throughout the centre of West Norfolk’s popular Victorian Seaside Resort.
The fun starts at 12 noon when new Mayor Tony Bishopp - introduced by KLFM’s very own Simon Rowe - opens the event, joined by characters from this year’s town Panto ‘Peter Pan’s Return to Neverland’ and the amazing King and Queen of Snow Stiltwalkers!
Around the town, visitors can enjoy food from a selection of stalls on the High Street including the ever-popular Bucket List - Norfolk, Thornham Oyster and many more and there are charity stalls to visit at St Edmund’s Church and in M&Co.
Also, there are some miniature donkeys, a fun children’s Reindeer Hunt, Vintage Games and the chance to witness Kings Lynn’s Steampunks indulge in a spot of ‘tea duelling’ and the Tourist Information Centre will be offering free Face Painting all afternoon! Then it’s on to the Christmas Craft Fair at the Town Hall, stopping off on the way to have a photo taken in the Amazing Giant Walk-In Snow Globe!
Nearby, the Hunstanton Concert Band will be playing festive music and there are Fairground Rides at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre where children can also visit Santa in his Grotto. At the other end of town, Simon will be hosting a full programme of local musicians performing live on the stage, so there’s plenty to do and see for everyone.
At 3.30pm, Mrs Claus, a few elves, the children and the King & Queen of Snow stiltwalkers will form a wonderful lantern parade through the High Street to St Edmund’s Church where a short half-hour Christmas Carol Service will take place.
After the service at around 4.30pm, the children, adults and the King & Queen of Snow together with Mrs Claus, will gather at the church to lead the Grand Light Parade through town to the Princess Theatre to meet the characters from the Theatre Panto - Dick Whittington and His Cat and switch on the Theatre Christmas Tree Lights at 5pm.
Then it’s on through the town once more to Hunstanton Town Christmas Tree as the crowd gathers for the Switch-On of the second and final set of lights to herald the start of Christmas.