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Fun-filled Evening Planned for Norwich’s Festive Lights Switch-On

Published on Tuesday, 17th October 2023

Traditionally it is THE event in Norwich which gets the city off to a sparkly start in the run-up to the Christmas season – and this year’s Festive Lights Switch-On is no different.

This year’s free celebratory family event takes place on Thursday 16 November and will offer live song and dance entertainment, the magic of the lights being switched on and a visit from Father Christmas, along with several other exciting surprises to be announced.

Norwich City Council works with Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) each year to light up the city, and there will be a special guest star on the evening to press the switch and set the streets aglow.

With live performances, including from The Garage and the Invidia Choir, gymnastics displays, a funfair in Gentleman’s Walk, the market open until 8pm, some foodie treats on offer and a stunning light display, what better way for those of all ages to get into the festive spirit.

The event will run from 5:30pm to 7:15pm, with the lights being switched on at 7pm. All the action will take on a stage in front of City Hall. Full details of the fun-packed evening, including who will be turning on the lights, will be revealed nearer the time - keep an eye on Norwich City Council’s social media channels and website where updates will be posted.

A quieter viewing area will be available and is free to walk in, no booking required. Please note, that there are no spaces left in the accessible viewing area.

Councillor Mike Stonard, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “This year’s Festive Lights Switch-on is a wonderful opportunity for residents and visitors alike to come and join together as a community, have a fun evening out and support some of our city centre businesses which will be open on the night. The council is proud to continue to provide this free family event for everyone, especially at a time when many are feeling the pinch.”

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