Christmas comes to Wisbech at switch-on

Wisbech Christmas lights switch on in the Market Place by the Mayor of Wisbech Jonathan Farmer
Wisbech Christmas lights switch on in the Market Place by the Mayor of Wisbech Jonathan Farmer
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Wisbech Christmas Lights look set to be bigger and better than previous years after a massive endeavour to boost the annual event.

Volunteers have been planning the event on Friday, November 30 for months and believe they have come up with a winning formula.

Wisbech Town Council has put £3,000 more funding into the switch-on, giving £13,000 to the event.

The council has also been working closely with the Wisbech Town Team, getting an injection of fresh, enthusiastic volunteers to bring new ideas and momentum to the project.

There will be a larger tree in the Market Place, topping 35 feet. And surrounding the central plinth will be eight trees decked out with lights joined onto the main tree, creating an umbrella of light.

On the switch-on night itself, there is a packed schedule of entertainment and festive cheer planned. Mayor Vivien MacRae will have the honour of turning on the lights at 6.30pm following a civic parade from the council chamber.

Prior to the switch-on, the Market Place will have a fairground and stalls, open from 2pm. Snow machines, Cantabile choir, a Christmas movie countdown and panto fun will add to the Christmas spirit.

For the children, Father Christmas will pay a special visit and youngsters can meet him for free from 6.30pm.

And don’t miss the Wisbech councillors, who will be circulating with free mince pies on the night.

Band Mainstream will provide live music following the lights switch-on to make sure the festivities continue into the evening.