Family fun promised at Wisbech Christmas lights

Last year's Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on
Last year's Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch on

Head to Wisbech Market Place later this afternoon (Sunday) for the Christmas lights switch-on, which promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

For the first time the switch-on celebrations will take place on a Sunday instead of a Friday and organisers are hoping it will prove more family-friendly.

The event will run from 3pm to 6pm in the Market Place, with the lights going on around 4.15pm.

Susanah Farmer, deputy town clerk, explained the change of date has been made in a bid to encourage more people to come along.

“By changing from a Friday evening to a Sunday afternoon we are trying to get away from freezing cold weather - it will hopefully be warmer in the afternoon. It is also a better time for families to be able to come along and enjoy all the festivities,” she said.

This year’s event promises to be bigger with more entertainment and fun.

Mayor Sam Hoy will be throwing the switch to light up the town centre, although there are no new lights this year some have been refurbished.

There will be the usual fair rides and side stalls and one of the highlights will be a pantomime specially written for the occasion by town councillor Steve Tierney, which features the cast of the pantomime at the town’s Angles theatre.

The pantomime will take place on a proper stage area and there will also be music entertainment.

Santa will be on hand to chat to children and he will be giving out candy floss snowballs free of charge.

There will also be a massive television screen.