The Big Switch On

Sunday 25th November will see a ‘Big Switch On’ event taking place in the heart of the town. 

Late night shopping will commence on Thursday 22nd November and will run every Thursday until the 20th December. 

Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council have made a significant investment towards the new Christmas lighting, which will feature across the entire retail heart of the town, down to and including the Waterfront. 

Sunday 25th isn’t just all about the Big Switch On (which will take place at approximately 5pm). There will also be an afternoon jam-packed with fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Street performers, musical entertainment and falling snow will all add to the excitement that will be building, before the lights are turned on at approximately 5pm. 

To celebrate the arrival of the new light display, there will be further surprises in store – but we can’t reveal these until the afternoon commences. 

If you have a Christmas activity or event you’d like help promoting, and you haven’t already informed us, please do so ASAP via email (

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