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Christmas Switch-On

Thursday 14 November, 7pm

Christmas Switch on

Norwich City star, Todd Cantwell, who was also born in Norfolk, will kick things off at this year’s Christmas switch-on, as he turns on the illuminations and pyrotechnics.  
As well as the return of the much-loved Tunnel of Light, the city council has been working with Norwich BID to wrap 37 city trees with twinkly lights.

The night will begin with a parade for all to join. This year Father Christmas has recruited a team of wannabe Santa’s, alongside a host of festive friends and performers to join his parade from Norwich Cathedral to Gaol Hill. Come along and take part in this jolly march through the city. 

There will be seasonal surprises around every corner, including Rock Choir, Hellesdon and Sprowston Brass and giant snow globes

Say hello to Father Christmas and get your letter in early by visiting his free grotto, found in Norwich Undercroft.

Save your spot outside City Hall to see acts including Norwich Theatre Royal’s community choir, Framtastic Gymnastics and Acafellas all before the big switch on.

Plan your night

  • 5.15pm – 5.45pm Father Christmas and his sleigh leave Norwich Cathedral and travel to City Hall via Tombland, Queens Street, Bank Plain, London Street and Gaol Hill
  • 6pm – 7.30pm City Hall stage programme featuring Bad Santas, Framtastics and Norwich Theatre Royal Community Choir
  • 6pm – 8pm Grotto in the Undercroft
  • 7pm – switching on of the city centre lights

Road closures

3pm – 9pm St Peters Street
5pm – 8pm Gaol Hill (including taxi rank)
5.30pm – 8pm Theatre Street, Rampant Horse Street

Park & Ride

Airport Park & Ride (located north of Norwich on the A140 near Norwich Airport)
Last buses to Airport Park & Ride (route 501) from Norwich Bus Station: 7:10pm, 7:30pm, 7:50pm, 8:10pm and 8:30pm.

Thickthorn Park & Ride (located south of Norwich on the A11/A47 junction.)
Last buses to Thickthorn Park & Ride (route 8) from Norwich Bus Station: 7:20pm, 7:50pm, 8:20pm, 9:20pm and 10:20pm.

A group (maximum of five people) is £7 and £5 after 10am. Pay by contactless or cash on the bus.

Sunday 1 December, 11am - 3pm

Sensory Grotto

Memorial Gardens Undercroft (the back of the market)

An opportunity to meet Father Christmas for children who would benefit from a quieter environment. Pre book only via or 01603 212127