The Magic of Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of year in Felixstowe, with thousands coming from across the region to see the Official Christmas Lights switch on and Craft Market event which will be held in 2019 on Saturday 30th November 2019 at 5pm. The fantastic event is organised by Felixstowe Lions Club and supported by Felixstowe Town Council. The Lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Felixstowe from the event stage at the Triangle, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.  

Come and see the fantastic range of gift, food and charity stalls all along Hamilton Road to the Triangle Canopy. If you are interested in having a market stall at this event please contact Sarah Gooch

Santa’s Grotto, carol singing and live entertainment takes place throughout the afternoon. A children’s candlelight parade (starting at 4.30pm) from the Orwell Hotel leads up to the Christmas Lights switch on. Admission is free.

Please note: To coincide with Christmas lights ‘switch ons’ and other festive events across the district over the coming weeks, East Suffolk Council is offering free parking in council-owned car parks at selected times on the following dates:

 Highfield Road, Crescent Road and Ranelagh Road car parks

  • Christmas Lights switch on – Saturday 30 November (2-6pm)
  • Friday 20 December (10am-2pm) to support the opening of the ice rink

2019 Programme

1000 Craft Market along Hamilton Road opens.
1130 Music from Fresh Gold Radio and “Kingjay” on stage.
1200 Stalls outside Tesco’s around the Triangle open.
1200-1300 Bits and Pieces Band.
1230 Santa and Rudolph arrive at Great Eastern Square, then leave at 1240 to parade down Hamilton Road.
1300 Santa arrives at the Triangle. Grotto opens.
1305-1335 Felixstowe Community Choir.
1340-1400 Bits and Pieces Band.
1410-1440 Imagine Theatre Company with song and dance.
1445-1530 Music from Fresh Gold Radio and Adam Thomas.
1535-1610 Felixstowe Schools Music Project “Everlasting Light”.
1620-1650 Felixstowe Salvation Army Band.
1650 The Mayor and Lions President speeches.
1700 The lights are switched-on by the Mayor.
1705-1735 Soul Project.
1800 Craft Market along Hamilton Road closes.

At the beginning of December, Santa and Rudolph visit Felixstowe and tour the town’s streets and homes in their sleigh every weekday evening between 6-8.30pm.  You can see the routes by visiting

This is jointly arranged between the local branch of Save the Children and the Felixstowe Rotary Club, and aims to give all families, particularly children, a great Christmas experience as well as raise as much money as possible for Save the Children and Rotary supported charities. 

Ice Rink

The synthetic Ice Rink, provided by the Town Council and sponsored by the East of England Coop, will return to Great Eastern Square from Friday 20th – Monday 23rd December 2019. 

Open daily from Friday 20 to Monday 23 December. Friday, Saturday and Monday 1100-1900; Sunday 1000-1800. Grand opening by the Mayor of Felixstowe on Friday 20 December at 1100.

There will also be rides for smaller children and stalls serving food and drinks.

Admission free (including free skating). No need to book, just turn up.