Look back to a previous Christmas tree festival entry. Picture: Paul Tibbs

Hunstanton will get switched on for Christmas on Sunday with a dazzling combination of family events throughout the seaside resort centre.

Mayor Tony Bishopp is set to open the extravaganza at noon with characters from this year’s panto Peter Pan’s Return to Neverland and snow king and queen stilt walkers

There will be food from a selection of stalls in the High Street and charity stalls at St Edmund’s Church and inside the M&Co store. 

There will also be miniature donkeys, a fun children’s reindeer hunt, vintage games and the chance to watch King’s Lynn’s Steampunks demonstrate tea duelling. 

Inside the Tourist Information Centre will be free face painting all afternoon and a Christmas Craft Fair at the Town Hall. Visitors will also be able to have their photograph taken in a giant walk-in snow globe.

Hunstanton Concert Band will be performing festive music at Northgate Precinct from 1pm to 3pm. There will be fairground rides and Santa will be in his grotto at the Princess Theatre.

At the other end of town, KL.FM’s Simon Rowe will be hosting local musicians live on stage at 2pm.

Costumed characters will assemble at 3.30pm for a lantern parade through the High Street to St Edmund’s Church for a Christmas carol service. 

After the service at around 4.30pm the parade will go from the church to the Princess Theatre when panto characters will help to switch on the theatre’s tree lights at 5pm.

Crowds are then expected to gather at the town’s Christmas tree for the switch-on of the second set of festive lights. 

This year, local businesses have been urged to enter into the festive spirit by decorating their windows and entering a best dressed window competition.

Also, the annual Christmas Tree Festival will be held in the town hall from Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8. 

There will be music, mince pies, mulled wine and the chance to see Santa.

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