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Festival, Thu 29 Nov - Sun 2 Dec 2018, free entry

The BIG Christmas Lights Switch-On

The BIG Christmas Lights Switch-On


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This year we plan to give you 4 days of magical moments, filling you with festive joy. The Christmas event runs from Thursday 29th November to Sunday 2nd December this year and will include some fantastic events! Keep reading to find out more.

The BIG Christmas Lights Switch-On

The BIG Christmas Lights switch-on will take place on Friday 16th November this year. We have listened to your feedback from last years switch on and we aim to make it even better this year. There will be a stage situated at the top of the High Street, where local entertainment and drama will perform throughout the evening. There will also be a fairground in the High Street with some great attractions!

Like last year, the Christmas lights will be switched on by a secret celebrity! Keep an eye on this website and our social media pages where it will be announced later this year.

For the businesses in Newmarket, Love Newmarket BID are holding a Best Retailer Window competition. So to all of the Newmarket businesses – put your Christmas hats on and start thinking of some great ideas for a chance to win!

This evening will run from 4 pm to 8 pm. A note to all the Christmas shoppers – there will be no late night shopping on this evening and the High Street will be closed to vehicles from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Late Night Shopping

For all of the late night shoppers – late night shopping will take place on Thursday 29th November from 12 pm to 8 pm and on Friday 30th November from 9 am to 8 pm.

Payday weekend also follows these two evenings. A note to all shoppers on this weekend – On Saturday 1st December, shops will be open from 9 am to 6 pm. On Sunday 2nd December, shops will be open from 9 am to 4 pm.


The Nutcrackers were a huge success last year. This year, we will be engaging with twice the number of schools to name them (it will be challenging to beat last years names!).

There will also be a storytelling competition – where if your story wins it will be published on the GIANT Book! More information will be available on this throughout the year. Keep checking our website and social media for updates and information releases.

An Audience with Father Christmas

There’s one thing all children want to do at Christmas – meet Father Christmas! He will be at the Mews opposite Palace House Museum during our Making Magical Memories event where children can get the chance to meet him and even receive a gift from him!

70 Children at a time will be able to meet with Father Christmas and 29 Meet and Greets will be held across the 4 days. More information will be released soon on this exciting chance to meet the man himself! Keep up-to-date on our social media and this page to be the first to find out!


Across the 4 days of festive joy, there will be a total of 22 shows at the Town’s Memorial Hall. These shows will include Pantomimes, Magic shows and Ballet shows. On the 29th of November and the 30th of November, these shows will be shown every hour from 10 am to 4 pm. On the 1st December and the 2nd December, they will show every hour from 4 pm to 7 pm.

These shows will run up to 45 minutes long – getting you into the festive mood!

Photo Opportunities

During the event, professional family photographs will be provided from a cable car themed unit – giving you and your family something to remember this Christmas! There will also be selfie stations placed around Newmarket Town – we’d love to see them!

Fun Fair

Everyone loves a fun fair! At the Making Magical Memories Christmas event, this will be located at the Severalls from 12 pm to 9 pm.

With a bigger space this time – it means bigger rides! They will include the 80’Ice Mountain Slide, a Big Fun House, the classic Walzers and Family Dodgems! There is guaranteed to be something for all of the family here!

For safety purposes, a lollypop person will be situated on the Fordham road to ensure a safe crossing for everyone.

The Christmas Market

It isn’t Christmas without a Christmas Market where you’re able to buy some unique gifts for family and friends! This year, there will be a variety of quality food, drink and craft traders.

The market will include some fun FREE Christmas cookery demonstrations such as the Christmas BBQ zone to get you prepared for the big day – as well as FREE children’s Christmas cooking and cookie decorating classes.

There will be various food skills, demos and tasting stations around the market to keep you going! Children will also have the chance to join in on our FREE ‘Have a Go’ craft area to make some Christmas decorations.

We hope you’re excited about our 2018 Christmas event, we definitely are!

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Event details

Dates Times
Thu 29 Nov - Sun 2 Dec 2018


Free entry

Events at this Venue

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Thu 29 Nov - Sun 2 Dec Christmas 2018 – Making Magical Memories



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