Thousands join community atmosphere at Felixstowe Christmas lights switch-on
PUBLISHED: 19:13 03 December 2017 | UPDATED: 20:03 03 December 2017
Harman H Hopkins (H3 Photography)
Felixstowe was alive with Christmas cheer as thousands gathered for the festive lights switch-on on Saturday.
Santa and Rudolph kick started the afternoon festivities with a parade to the grotto, alongside a traditional Christmas craft market and food stalls – all organised by the Lions Club of Felixstowe.
Cheerleaders, theatre groups and schools shared their performances while a candlelit parade meandered along Hamilton Road to arrive at the carol singing.
Felixstowe mayor Nick Barber switched on the lights at 5pm with the help of one of the town’s youngsters, who won the chance through the pebble competition.
He said: “It’s brilliant and there was a wonderful atmosphere. I think it’s massive – it’s not just important for the community to all come together but it’s massive for the shops too.”
Upwards of 7,000 joined the afternoon while up to 3,000 made the evening switch-on.