Ilfracombe's favourite festive evening The Lighting of the Lights will take place this year on Wednesday November 30th.
The future of the ever popular event organised by Ilfracombe High Street Traders came under threat last year, when the traditional celebrations were nearly cancelled due to a lack of funding. But thanks to the support and donations of the public and the fundraising skills of the High Street Traders, the 15th anniversary of Ilfracombe Lighting of the Lights went ahead as planned.
This year, the High street will once again be all aglow with a lantern-lit procession led by the Town Crier walking down to the War Memorial ready for the big switch-on from 7pm.
Get in to the Christmassy community spirit and join the crowds at the War Memorial to see which celeb is lucky enough to have the privilege of turning on Ilfracombe's Christmas Lights this year! Famous faces from past years include Todd Carty from Eastenders and Hopps & Chapel from Heart FM. Bill Bailey did the honours back in 2006 and gave the North Devon Gazette his opinion on the festivities "This is fantastic, what a great street party, it actually makes you feel a real surge of pride for being British when you see things like this. I've done something similar in Ealing, but nothing on this scale - there is a really great spirit down here and a sense of community."
After the illuminations hit the High Street where you can enjoy the festive atmosphere, with Christmassy window displays and lights, street entertainers and stalls, late night shopping and of course a visit to Santa for the kids. In a discussion on Ilfracombepeople pigglet77 describes the appeal of the event "I always have a great night at the lighting of the lights it really gets you in to the christmassy spirit. There's always a big turnout and a good atmosphere. After watching the parade, switch-on and fireworks you can do late-night shopping at the shops and stalls and there are street performers etc and a burger from outside Turton's butchers is a must!"