Santa and his reindeer to arrive in Wisbech

Reindeer will be making an appearance at the Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch On

Reindeer will be making an appearance at the Wisbech Christmas Lights Switch On

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Reindeer and singing by local school children are some of the attractions on offer in Wisbech in the coming weeks.

Crowds will be gathering in the Market Place on Sunday for the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Wisbech Town Council last year agreed to spend £30,000 on improving the town’s festive lights. New lighting will be added to the Market Place, Hill Street, Post Office Lane, Freedom Bridge Roundabout, the Old Market and town hall.

Live entertainment, fairground rides, free mince pies and much more will be on offer at the event, which kicks off at 3pm, finishing at 6pm, with the lights being turned on at 5pm. Raffle tickets and wristbands will be sold to raise money for the lights.

For the first time in many years, late night shopping evenings will be held in Wisbech on the Thursdays between the lights switch-on and Christmas.

Following feedback from the public, the town’s Christmas Fayre will be held on Sunday, December 13, instead of on a Monday.

The aim this year is to make the event bigger and better with plans to include The Crescent, Museum Square and The Castle, as well as the Market Place and the Horsefair Shopping Centre.

Santa and two reindeers will be there as well as, for the first time, an ice skating rink.

Other attractions include a Christmas market, entertainment from local schools and the Wisbech Rock Choir. A Christmas celebration will be held at Peckover House from 11am with a carol concert at St Peter’s Church at 3pm.