There will be a whole day of festive fun in Bideford for the big light switch on this year.

The Christmas lights are officially switched on in Bideford. Picture: Graham HobbsThe Christmas lights are officially switched on in Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Sunday, December 2 is the date to stick in the diary for the lighting up of the town.

The celebrations will kick off at noon and continue through until 7pm, with the big switch on itself at 5pm.

On the quayside will be Phil Vanstone’s children’s fairground rides, as well as a whole host of food and drink stalls.

Entertainers will also be walking around the Quay, with balloon modelling, facepainting and stilt-walkers.

Yesterday I attended the Bideford Christmas Lights Switch On event. 

What a truly amazing day with thousands on attendance 

Lots of side stalls with food & fairground rides to entertain the masses 

The days festivities were topped off with an amazing fireworks spectacular courtesy of Stephen Barnes  - SB Pyrotechnics Yesterday I attended the Bideford Christmas Lights Switch On event. What a truly amazing day with thousands on attendance Lots of side stalls with food & fairground rides to entertain the masses The days festivities were topped off with an amazing fireworks spectacular courtesy of Stephen Barnes - SB Pyrotechnics

Dreckly the Dragon will be entertaining crowds as he parades up and down the Quay as well.

And on the main stage on the Quay will be live music and performances from local choirs and bands.

Take a trip up to the pannier market, where you’ll have a chance to meet and greet some friendly alpacas and visit Santa in his grotto.

At 5pm crowds will gather on the Quay to watch the town light up with Christmas cheer.

Bideford Christmas Lights big switch on and Santa fun run. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford Christmas Lights big switch on and Santa fun run. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Then between 5-5.30pm Santa will then tour around the town with his reindeers, as he travels along Mill Street.

This will be followed with a fantastic firework display at 6.45pm to see the evening to a close with a bang.

The whole thing has been organised by South West Event Management Solutions.