Bideford plans day of festive fun for Christmas light switch on

Mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough at Bideford Christmas lights on Sunday. Picture: Graham

Mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough at Bideford Christmas lights on Sunday. Picture: Graham Hobbs - Credit: Graham Hobbs

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

Mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough at Bideford Christmas lights on Sunday. Picture: Graham

Mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough at Bideford Christmas lights on Sunday. Picture: Graham Hobbs - Credit: 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.

Bideford's Santa is back on his sleigh tours. Picture: Austin Wallas

Bideford's Santa is back on his sleigh tours. Picture: Austin Wallas - Credit: Austin Wallas


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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.

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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 Hobbs

Bideford Christmas Lights big switch on and Santa fun run. Picture: Graham Hobbs - Credit: Archant

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.

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

Bideford Christmas Lights big switch on and Santa fun run. Picture: Graham Hobbs - Credit: Archant

Mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough at Bideford Christmas lights on Sunday. Picture: Graham

Mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough at Bideford Christmas lights on Sunday. Picture: Graham Hobbs - Credit: Graham Hobbs

Mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough at Bideford Christmas lights on Sunday. Picture: Graham

Mayor and mayoress Dermot and Sarah McGeough at Bideford Christmas lights on Sunday. Picture: Graham Hobbs - Credit: Graham Hobbs

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