Festive spirit set to grace Southwold at traditional Christmas lights switch-on

Southwold Christmas light will be switched on this Saturday. Picture: Nick Butcher

Southwold Christmas light will be switched on this Saturday. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The festive season will officially get under way in Southwold as the town switches on its Christmas lights.

The traditional ceremony usually attracts thousands of people. Picture: Nick Butcher

The traditional ceremony usually attracts thousands of people. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Southwold high street will be closed from 2pm on Saturday, November 25, and local people will be kept busy throughout the afternoon with a host of Christmas stalls.

There will also be live entertainment with performances from local ukelele and samba bands.

Father Christmas himself will be the man to illuminate the town centre. Picture: Nick Butcher

Father Christmas himself will be the man to illuminate the town centre. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Then, at 5pm, Father Christmas himself will take up his position on the Town Hall balcony and push the button to illuminate the town centre.

Amongst the names to have joined Father Christmas on the balcony over the years is James Bolam, who starred alongside the late Rodney Bewes in The Likely Lads.

In addition to the traditional switch-on, the festive programme in Southwold will continue with a carol service at St Edmunds Church from 6pm on Sunday, December 17.

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