Harleston’s Christmas Festivities
You can combine stress-free Christmas shopping with family fun if you visit Harleston on Saturday 2nd December.
Not only does the town have an impressive array of independent food, fashion and homeware shops but there will also be a street market (10am to 6pm) with more than twenty stalls selling everything from locally produced food and drink to unique crafts, Christmas gifts, festive wreaths and Christmas trees.
To put a smile on your face the Lost Elves, members of the Grand Theatre of Lemmings, will be desperately seeking Santa whilst The Grinch will be causing mayhem around town, and Too Many Cooks will provide pop-up entertainment with festive songs and carols. Santa himself will be welcoming children to his grotto at Harleston Information Plus in Exchange Street (from 1 to 4.30pm, £3 per child) and St John’s Church in Broad Street has a Christmas Fair.
From 3.30pm The Thoroughfare will be filled with fairground rides, community stalls and activities. Shops will be staying open late and there will be surprise snow showers to delight kids of all ages. The Loddon Brass Band will be playing festive favourites from 4.30pm, and the lights switch-on will be preceded by a parade of colourful paper lanterns and fire performers The Thundermentals. The Christmas lights around town and the Christmas tree (sponsored by Tudor Bakehouse and The Rustic Catering Company) will be switched on at 5.30pm by a surprise guest.
Stalls and shops will stay open till at least 6pm – and to top it all there is FREE parking in Harleston. www.visitharleston.org.uk