Celebrations in King’s Lynn at last year’s switch-on event. Pictures: Paul Tibbs.

West Norfolk’s towns will be twinkling with festive cheer when the Christmas lights are switched on this weekend.

There promises to be fun for the whole family, with stalls, games, music, food, fundraising  and more planned.

In Downham Market, activities get under way at noon in the town centre on Sunday with the main attractions at 2pm.

A children’s fun fair, face painting and glitter bar, charity stall and a traditional craft fair will be on offer, plus a number of shops will be open. 

Father Christmas will be making a grand entrance on his sleigh and heading to his grotto in the town hall.

Local bands will be performing throughout the afternoon, plus performances from choirs from Nelson Academy and Hillcrest Primary School.

New for this year, there will also be a puppet show Bethlehemian Rhapsody to bring the Nativity story to life.

The grand switch-on will be at 4.30pm with the winners of the town’s Halloween fancy dress competition, Lola Squires and Alfie Reeve.

The fun gets under way at noon on Sunday in King’s Lynn, with street entertainment in the town centre.

Father Christmas and panto actress Vicky Bush, who will be playing Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty at the Corn Exchange, will be on hand to add a touch of magic.

In the Tuesday Market Place, there will be festive stalls, fairground rides and a festive performance by local band Bear Club from 3pm.

Sunday will also see the launch of REVEAL, a new arts and technology project described as the “world’s first active reality adventure story”.

Across Lynn and at various locations in West Norfolk, a story will be told using live, shows, light projections and the latest augmented reality technologies.

Told in different episodes, REVEAL is the story of a young woman who arrives in Lynn and is given a quest by Maragaret of Antioch. 

Using their mobile phones, families can discover clues to help her crack the code and save Lynn.

A joint project between West Norfolk Council and arts organisation Collusion, REVEAL launches at 4pm on Sunday and will run until Sunday, December 23.

In Hunstanton, the town’s Christmas lights are due to be switched on at 5pm, Sunday, December 2.

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