The annual Cromer Christmas lights switch on surpassed all expectations with thousands of locals and visitors, lining the streets with festive cheer. Stilt walkers and fire eaters joined in the fun in one of the biggest events of it’s kind.
It was a fitting crescendo to the colourful Christmas Tree and Nativity Festival in Cromer Parish Church that was on display throughout the week.
A Christmas market added to the atmosphere and included, craft stalls, Santa’s grotto and a host of children’s activities.
Shops extended their opening times with roadside barbecues and late meals. There was also entertainment with stars from Cromer Piers Christmas show including comedian Olly Day and dazzling magic by Steve Zebs.
The Salvation Army band filled the air with familiar Christmas carols and song sheets were handed out to the crowds.
The lights were switched on by the winners of the children’s poster competition, Mollie Snowball, 10, Emma Brooks, nine and Sophie Stewart, four.
Events guru, Tony Shipp, thanked volunteers and everyone involved for ensuring the day was such big success. He added “There has been a lot going on in the town. I think we can say Christmas in Cromer has now really begun.”
Part of the Cromer Christmas festivities includes, the alternative Cromer Christmas tree, that continues to make the news across the globe.
The tree, which stands in front of the parish church, is always built around the flagpole and stands a few feet away from the traditional tree.
The structure has always created divided opinion, however, has never failed to add to the positive publicity for the town.
This year, after inviting ideas from members of the public, the alternative tree is a collection of giant advert candles, each sponsored by a different organisation.
The overall reaction from visitors was a favourable one, with some lining up to be photographed with the advert candles to be sent to family across the world.
Cromer mayor Tim Adams said the reaction so far was good. He said: “The whole idea of the alternative tree is to create discussion and generate interest in Cromer and get Cromer talked about.”