Town Centre Christmas

Great Yarmouth announces Skate Yarmouth festivities to boost town centre this festive season

 GREAT Yarmouth is announcing its magical line-up of activities and attractions to support festive footfall in the town centre this Christmas, which will get underway with the opening of the real ice rink and Christmas Fayre on Friday, November 24.

 In a nod to the high-profile headline attraction, which will be in the Market Square from Friday, November 24 to Tuesday, January 2, the festive offer will be promoted under the slogan Skate Yarmouth: Glide through your Christmas Shopping #SkateYarmouth

Promoted jointly by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Great Yarmouth Town Centre Partnership, Skate Yarmouth offers a shopping bag stuffed full of festive delights, including a skate on the open-air rink, late night shopping, magical events, free parking and even the chance to meet Santa!

 The seasonal fun will get underway with festive food, stalls and entertainment at the Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre, which will take place on the Market Place and in the Minster, from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, November 26. The fayre will run from 10am to 8pm on Friday, 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

 The rink, organised by the borough council as part of its Town Centre Initiative, will open for the first time from noon on the Friday and will open late for the Christmas Lights Switch-on that evening, with entertainment from 6pm and fireworks at 7pm. Rink opening times will be confirmed soon, and tickets can be booked from early November.

As with previous years, the Lardal Kantori Choir will give a concert of traditional Norwegian and English carols in the Minster on Saturday, November 25, at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £8 in advance or £10 on the door. 

 After the Christmas Fayre, Late Night Shopping will get underway, with shops open until 8pm every Wednesday, from November 29 through to December 20. The rink will also open especially late on these days.

As a festive treat just for the grown-ups, the Great Yarmouth Winter Beer & Cider Festival will be staged at St George’s Theatre, from Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, offering a selection of real ales, craft beers and ciders.

The annual Lantern Parade, from Christchurch to the Christmas tree in the Market Place, will take place on Wednesday, December 6, at 6pm. The carol-singing will continue with the Civic Carol Service in the Minster on Monday, 11 December, at 7pm.

 The Minster will also be the venue for the popular annual Tree and Crib Festival, which will bring additional festive colour to the minster from Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 17, from 10am to 3pm (starting 11am on Sundays). Tickets are £2 on the door. Children free-of-charge.

In addition, a performance of Handel’s Messiah, by Merry Opera, will be staged in the Minster on Friday, December 15, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Entrance is free-of-charge, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. No need to book in advance.

 Ice hockey tournament!

A fast-paced ice hockey tournament will take place on the ice rink on Sunday, December 10, from 8.30am to noon. Organised jointly with Hockey Tutorial, the UK Winter Classic will be free to watch and involve amateur teams from across the UK.   

 Free parking!

Festive shoppers in Great Yarmouth town centre will benefit from free all-day parking every Sunday in most town centre surface car parks, from Sunday, November 26 to Sunday, December 30, 2017. The incentive by Great Yarmouth Borough Council will be run over six Sundays at the car parks in King Street, Stone Cutters Way, Brewery Plain, Fullers Hill, George Street, Market Place and Howard Street (Palmers).

 Parking remains free in most town centre surface car parks every weekday from 4pm, and free from noon on Wednesdays, at King Street, Brewery Plain and George Street. Plus free parking incentives are available with a Resident Advantage Card and through the Town Centre Partnership’s First Hour Free initiative.