Aylsham gets set for grand Christmas lights switch-on

Aylsham Christmas lights switch-on, which kicks off with a lantern parade at 5.40pm on November 24.

Aylsham Christmas lights switch-on, which kicks off with a lantern parade at 5.40pm on November 24. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Aylsham is counting down to its grand Christmas lights switch-in event, which kicks off on Friday, November 24 at 5.40pm, when Father Christmas will be leading a lantern procession through the town.

Santa sets off in his sleigh for Aylsham Christmas lights switch-on. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Santa sets off in his sleigh for Aylsham Christmas lights switch-on. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Entertainment will include live music and dancing in the market place, with performances from the Bure Valley School Choir, Norfolk-based cover band Agent Orange and youngsters from the Sutton School of Dance.

Other attractions in the lead-up to the switch-on at 6pm range from food stalls and a barbecue, to fairground rides, a Santa's Grotto in Red Lion Street and a display of 30 Christmas trees decorated by local charities and good causes in St Michael's Church.

Waiting for the countdown at Aylsham Christmas lights switch-on. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Waiting for the countdown at Aylsham Christmas lights switch-on. Photo: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Town council events officer Paul Smith said the lights, which are put up in a day by a team of around 50 volunteers, brought the town together.

'Everyone turns out,' he added. 'There's a fantastic community spirit and I think everyone just has a brilliant time.'

-Aylsham Parish Church will be hosting a family Advent activity session at 10.15am on November 26, and a Christmas market and craft sale from 9am-12pm on November 27.

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