Countdown to Christmas begins in Bury St Edmunds tonight as reindeer, Husky dogs and penguins arrive in town

Penguins arrive in Bury to start the Christmas lights switch on fun.

Penguins arrive in Bury to start the Christmas lights switch on fun. - Credit: Archant

New Christmas lights will be unveiled tonight as Bury St Edmunds is lit up for the festive season.

Penguins arrive in Bury to start the Christmas lights switch on fun.

Penguins arrive in Bury to start the Christmas lights switch on fun. - Credit: Archant

The lights will be switched on at 7pm, during a whole evening of Christmas fun in the market town.

Three are penguins, reindeer and Husky dogs all greeting shoppers this afternoon.

The animals can be found in a special enclosure near the top of Abbeygate Street, and later there will be a full stage programme of acts near Moyses Hall.

Festive stalls and attractions have set up around the town, and tickets are on sale for the Arc ice rink.

Penguins arrive in Bury to start the Christmas lights switch on fun.

Penguins arrive in Bury to start the Christmas lights switch on fun. - Credit: Archant

The actual lights switch on takes place at 7pm and the town will come to life with new decorations added to the existing collecting. For the first time, major car parks will also be decorated to make them more welcoming.

A Robbie Williams tribute act will round off the evening with some of the artist’s best known hits.

Will you be going along? Share your video and photos using #BSELights

Penguins arrive in Bury to start the Christmas lights switch on fun. Toria Hills and freinds spread

Penguins arrive in Bury to start the Christmas lights switch on fun. Toria Hills and freinds spread the Christmas cheer. - Credit: Archant

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