The countdown to Christmas started in style when West Norfolk’s towns held a host of switch-on events.
On Thursday thousands of people turned out to see Lynn lit up by the stars of this year’s panto Beauty and the Beast, including leading man Darren Day, and special guest Abi Alton from the X-factor.
There was live entertainment in the Tuesday Market Place from Abi and King’s Lynn Rock Choir, as well as festive street performances in the Vancouver Quarter before the lights were switched on.
Guests were also able to take advantage of late-night shopping with shops staying open until 8pm. This will be repeated for the next three Thursdays in the run-up to Christmas.
A spokesman for West Norfolk Council said: “King’s Lynn was one of the best switch on events we’ve ever done with the town packed with shoppers.
There were around 3,500 people in the Tuesday Market Place to see the lights go on. Our VIP Abi Alton was fantastic and stayed for nearly two hours signing autographs and posing for pictures.
Around 80 Santas descended on Downham on Sunday, November 24 to take part in the Santa Run to raise funds for West Norfolk Dyspraxia and celebrate the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights, which was witnessed by around 1,000 people. There was lots to enjoy throughout the afternoon with a craft fair in the town hall, fairground rides for children, festive market stalls and live entertainment.
A perfect sunset created a beautiful backdrop for the switch-on of Hunstanton’s Christmas lights on Sunday after a day of festive fun, including a craft fair, Christmas market, live entertainment, rides for children and a parade of Honda motorcycles.