December 13 2013 Latest news:
By Matt Hunter
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Ipswich is set to shine brightly this Christmas with the big light switch-on set to attract thousands of people to the town centre.
In less than three months Ipswich will be lit up with a cascade of light to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season.
Last year the Cornhill drew a capacity crowd with a mixed response to the unveiling of new a Christmas tree constructed as part of £100,000 spent on decorations.
The controversial tree prompted reaction from across the country with hundreds of people voicing their love or hate for the town’s centrepiece. This year’s event, on Sunday, November 17, is again being jointly-funded by Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council.
Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central said: “Feedback from businesses on last year’s event was that they wanted the switch-on to be the start of the festivities in the town and we are delighted to have been able to provide that this year.
“Now shoppers who come in to enjoy late night shopping or the night time economy will be able to do so.”
Ipswich’s Christmas festivities are full of sparkle and are set to include late night shopping, a Christmas market and much more.
In the build-up to the big switch-on, shoppers in the town centre will be able to enjoy a variety of professional on-street entertainers helping to create an exciting Christmas atmosphere before the lights are turned on.
Carole Jones, economic development portfolio-holder at Ipswich Borough Council, said: “We are sure that the festivities planned for November and December will attract many thousands of visitors to the town centre and are particularly pleased that the temporary halt to road works will help people get in and out more easily.”
With big crowds expected again this year, organisers are asking that people arrive early to avoid missing out on the main event.
Visit www.allaboutipswich.com for a full schedule of Christmas events in Ipswich over the coming months.