Christmas 2021: Ice skating as the Swaffham light comes on

A Christmas market, ice skating and a live animal nativity scene are planned to entertain families at a town’s annual event – which promises to be “bigger and better” this year.

The switching on of the Swaffham Christmas light is a festive event that draws families from across the county.

After the coronavirus pandemic canceled the festivities last year, Swaffham City Council made up for its loss by spreading the event over an entire weekend – which will include new additions.

It will take place on the weekend of December 4 and 5 and the official switching on of the lights will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday.


A Christmas market, ice skating and a live animal nativity scene are expected to entertain families during Swaffham’s annual Light Up this year.
– Credit: Ian Burt

Starting on Saturday, families will have the opportunity to ice skate or attend the city’s usual market.

Later there will be live music including a Little Mix tribute band and street food vendors.

Claire Smith, Deputy City Clerk on Council, said: “We are planning a two-day Christmas event this year.

“Normally we have a Christmas light-on event on Sunday, but we’re expanding it to include Saturday.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun. We really felt we needed to have something good to look forward to this year and we want to encourage a lot of families to go out and have fun.

“We’ve had people reaching out to us saying they’re excited. The event is also sponsored by a lot of local businesses which is great. ”

On Sunday, the event – which runs through the city center and the market square – will also see Santa Claus in his cave in the meeting rooms as well as a nativity scene and a funfair of live animals.

A holiday themed market will be held to sell seasonal food, drinks and gifts and other live entertainment.

The ice rink will be available for a small additional charge on both days.

Ms Smith added: “This is a very popular local event and we generally get a very good turnout.

“We have quite a few new residents in Swaffham with the new development so we hope they will come and see what it is. ”


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