Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 16°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Christmas arrives in town with festive markets

12:17 20 November 2012

The Christmas Market arrives in Ipswich.Philip Hall selling hot chocolate.

The Christmas Market arrives in Ipswich.Philip Hall selling hot chocolate.

Archant

THE festive season has arrived in the town centre with the arrival of a huge Christmas Market – complete with Santa’s grotto.

shares

And the town’s new Christmas lights are going up around the main shopping centre ready for next weekend’s big switch-on.

The four-day Christmas market opened Thursday and runs until Sunday.

Stalls selling specialist foods including cheese, pastries, and sweets are rubbing shoulders with hot food stalls, and those selling clothes and gifts.

Meanwhile planning continues for next week’s big lights switch on in the town centre.

Most of the lights have now been put up – new lights have been bought by Ipswich Central and the borough council.

They will be switched on during special ceremonies on Sunday, November 25 – at the end of a day of festive celebrations in the town centre.

Kicking things off at noon, snow will begin falling and the festive street performers will emerge on to the Cornhill to kick-start the celebrations.

At 12.30pm local group Samboomba will be dancing on the streets.

The snow will continue to fall throughout the afternoon, and there’s the opportunity to see a special showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life” at the Ipswich Film Theatre from 1.45pm.

At 3pm The Red Rose Chain will be performing a festive arrangement, and this will be followed by a routine by Ipswich-based Funky Voices.

The Wattisham Military Wives will be performing at 3.55pm on the Cornhill with a Christmas chorus.

The stars of the Regent panto and members of the cast from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be making an appearance at 4.30pm.

Father Christmas will emerge onto the balcony at 4.50pm with the child winners of the Ipswich Star and Town 102 competition to officially begin the Christmas celebrations, with the Big Switch On taking place at about 5pm.

The new spectacular lights span across the retail heart of the town, down to and including the Waterfront.

There are about 250,000 lights – all are low-energy bulbs.

shares

4 comments

  • Don't you just love the intelligence that's been put into this? They've closed off Princes Street and Queen Street, but they're still allowing heavy lorries into the Buttermarket to do deliveries during the day. So they have to reverse all the way back to Upper Brook Street putting the lives of all the pedestrians in danger. Brilliant!

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

  • Of course I would NEVER expect this esteemed paper to make a mistake, but 250,000 lights? If so, then at 4 watts per bulb = 1 million watts per hour = 1000 one-kilowatt heaters for cold elderly people. If the wattage is different then do the maths.

    Report this comment

    Johnthebap

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Great to see this years Christmas lights are all low energy bulbs... The big switch on is at 5pm... where the lights will flicker and be a bit dim for half an hour before they get up to full brightness

    Report this comment

    Mr Point Ment

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

  • Huge Chrirtmas Market!! Slight exaggeration! We were told there would be 150 stalls and there were 32. However credit for trying something new and I have to say we enjoyed it as despite it being on the small side there was good atmosphere. The problem is, as usual, Ipswich is about 10 years behind places like Bury but as they say, from little acorns etc & hopefully they will be able to duild on it in the future. Well done for making the effort!

    Report this comment

    planeman

    Saturday, November 17, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Police are investigating

Essex Police are investigating after silver-plated cutlery and an imitation Rolex watch were stolen from the house in Fennes Road.

The scene of the collision on the A1088 at Honington.

Dr Ronak Patel, aged 33 of Ixworth, died following a collision between a lorry and the Volkswagen Golf he was driving this morning.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A dishonest driver has admitted filling up with petrol on 14 occasions at garages across Suffolk and Essex but failing to pay for his fuel.

An 82-year-old woman who died after a collision in Little Wigborough near Colchester last month has been named as Jean Wilcox.

An 82-year-old woman who died after a collision in Little Wigborough near Colchester last month has been named as Jean Wilcox.

The scene after a raid at the Costcutter supermarket in Woolpit.

Crooks used a stolen JCB Digger to smash into a supermarket and steal a cash machine thought to have contained thousands of pounds in a ram raid in Suffolk.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A Mothercare shop worker had admitted stealing childcare and maternity items worth nearly £12,500 and selling a stolen pushchair to a police officer.

Ipswich Crown Court

A robber who broke into an Ipswich flat before threatening the occupant with a kitchen knife has been jailed.

Hare coursing (stock photo)

Four men and a teenage boy arrested in connection with hare coursing in Suffolk have been charged, police have said.

Wayne Leech and Mark Ripper with soap star Gemma Atkinson at the Slimming World Man of the Year awards

Two Suffolk men have shed a total of more than 21st in little over a year – and been named among the country’s top male slimmers for 2015.

Rural crime has been falling in Suffolk and across East Anglia.

New figures show a significant fall in the level of rural crime across the region – but there are significant differences between Suffolk and Essex.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages