South Molton Christmas 2017 will kick off North Devon’s festive season

PUBLISHED: 19:00 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:58 08 November 2017

BBC Radio Devon's Gordon Sparks will switch on the South Molton Christmas lights for 2017. Picture: South Molton Town Council/Radio Devon

BBC Radio Devon's Gordon Sparks will switch on the South Molton Christmas lights for 2017. Picture: South Molton Town Council/Radio Devon

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BBC Radio Devon’s Gordon Sparks, a 27-foot high Christmas tree and new lights will feature at this year’s festivities in South Molton Pannier Market

A packed Pannier Market for South Molton Christmas A packed Pannier Market for South Molton Christmas

South Molton kicks off North Devon’s Christmas lights season with the town’s eagerly-anticipated big switch-on this Friday, November 17.

From 6.15pm the square will be packed with thousands of revellers ready to enjoy the illuminations, switched on this year by BBC Radio Devon’s Gordon Sparks.

Following the countdown there will be a firework spectacular at 7pm and then it’s time to enjoy some festive fun.

READ MORE: Bideford Christmas Light Switch On 2017: What you need to know

There are new lights in South Molton 2017 to add to those pictured from last year There are new lights in South Molton 2017 to add to those pictured from last year

There will be a poignant tone to the festivities, with the new 27-foot-high cone Christmas tree donated to the town in memory of young Finlay Wright, who passed away last Christmas.

The tree has been donated by his family and there will be a plaque in Finlay’s honour. The tree itself has been created by local fabricator Mark Dayment, who has donated his time and the materials.

There will be something for all ages to enjoy in the Pannier Market, including fun fair rides, a bucking bronco, a Total Wipeout-style arena challenge plus an appearance by the 20-foot-long Drackey Dragon.

Food and refreshments will be on hand to ward off the chill, including a blow-up pub, hot donuts and hog roast.

Thousands gather in South Molton Square for its Christmas festivities Thousands gather in South Molton Square for its Christmas festivities

READ MORE: Barnstaple Christmas Light Switch On 2017: What you need to know

There will be more fun in the Pannier Market on Friday, December 1, with the annual Winter Wonderland, organised by South Molton Business Association.

This year there will be traditional rides, live music and children’s entertainment in the Square to complement the late-night shopping in the market and around the town.

The annual Fatstock Show will run independently on the Sunday, with prime livestock, local food and produce, plus wines, ciders, arts and crafts.

St Mary Magdalene Church will be hosting a five-day Christmas Tree Festival with more than 100 trees from November 30.

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