One of the highlights of the festive season countdown will see Ipswich town centre illuminated with a sparkling display. 

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Ipswich Christmas light switch-on 2023

When is the switch on?

The Christmas light switch-on will take place this Thursday, November 23 on the Cornhill. 

The event starts at 5pm and will end at 7pm. 

It also marks the start of late-night shopping and festive entertainment on Thursday evenings in the town. 

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Who is turning on the lights?

Ipswich mayor, councillor Lynne Mortimer, will switch on the lights alongside the cast of this year's Sleeping Beauty pantomime at Ipswich Regent Theatre. 

EastEnders newcomer Jazzy Phoenix stars as Princess Aurora alongside Vicki Michelle MBE as Boo the Wicked Fairy and Britain's Got Talent winners Twist and Pulse as Henchmen. 

Sarah Lilley and Wayne Bavin from BBC Radio Suffolk will be hosting the event. 

Are there any road closures?

Tavern Street and part of Princes Street will be closed for the event. 

Ipswich Star: Parts of Ipswich Town Centre will be closed for the eventParts of Ipswich Town Centre will be closed for the event (Image: One Network)The closure on both roads will be in place from 1pm until 8pm on the day of the event.

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Do I need to buy tickets for the event?

No, tickets do not need to be bought to attend the light switch-on. 

The event is free and the whole family can attend to celebrate the start of the festive season. 

Are there other Christmas light events in Ipswich?

Ipswich Borough Council is running an additional drive through event for Blue Badge Holders to enjoy the lights on Sunday, December 3 between 6pm and 9pm.