Yule need to put these dates in your diary for Christmas in Bury St Edmunds

01 Oct 2021

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A series of events to help celebrate Christmas in Bury St Edmunds has been released by partners starting in November.

The Christmas in Bury St Edmunds initiative has been launched by a range of local partners to benefit local businesses and the community to have a good festive period while staying COVID safe.

All of the events over the Christmas period can be found at the Christmas In Bury St Edmunds webpage hosted by Bury St Edmunds and Beyond at www.christmasinburystedmunds.co.uk

Events kick off on Thursday 18, November with the Christmas Lights Switch on organised by Our Bury St Edmunds BID. This also includes an interactive trail which will require visits to 12 separate town centre locations and answer a different question, digitally, at each location. All correct entries will go into a draw where a total of £500 of Our Bury St Edmunds Gift cards will be won by 13 lucky winners. This initiative is being organised by Our Bury St Edmunds BID in partnership with HSBC UK

This will be followed by:

From Mid-November the arc will be hosting, supported by Bury St Edmunds Town Council and Our Bury St Edmunds, a brand-new magical Christmas experience. This will include a 20-to-25-minute experience including a trail, storytelling, a walk-through enchanted forest, playtime in 'Santa's toyshop', finishing in Santa's front room for the traditional Santa’s Grotto experience. 

In the Cathedral a programme of Christmas music and carols and for the first time a Christmas market in the Cathedral nave from 25-27 November.

From 2 December until 4 December West Suffolk Council will be hosting IlluminAbbey in the Abbey Gardens. This promises to be a wonderful extravaganza of lighting, music, and live entertainment not seen before in this historical setting.

Partners from across Bury St Edmunds are working together on this range of festive events and initiatives this Christmas and invite other organisations to take part. 

These will keep the area COVID safe and able to adapt to any Government changes to guidance that could come along. 

At the same time, it will encourage all residents and families across West Suffolk, especially those who have had a hard time during the pandemic, to have a good Christmas while supporting businesses, employers and suppliers in the area as well as the local economy.

So far organisations including West Suffolk Council, Bury St Edmunds Town Council, Our Bury St Edmunds BID, Bury and Beyond, the Cathedral and the Arc Shopping Centre as well as Bury Free Press have partnered up to make sure this Christmas is a cracker for the town and local area. They are either running events or helping to support the programme financially that aims to support local businesses and communities have a better Christmas this year.

It is also expected that West Suffolk Council will look to work with partners across the areas to see how other Christmas events can be put on to benefit the whole of West Suffolk.

Mark Cordell, Chief Executive Officer, Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District, said: “The Our Bury St Edmunds BID is delighted to be working with a number of Partnership organisations and groups in bringing a fabulous variety of Festive Activities to the town in the five weeks running up to Christmas. We are very pleased to be able to once again launch Christmas in Bury St Edmunds with our Christmas Lights Switch On event.”

Cllr Peter Thompson, Mayor of Bury St Edmunds Town Council, said: “We are pleased to support Christmas in Bury St Edmunds which will see a range of events in the town designed to give our communities and businesses a much better Christmas this year. One of our priorities is to not only help businesses bounce back but also improve the quality of life for our residents. These events and the others being put on by other organisations will help achieve that and we are really pleased to be providing funding.”

The Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend Joe Hawes, said: “The Cathedral serves the people of the town, County and wider community. As always at Christmas time, we hope that people will take the chance to visit to pause and reflect, enjoy some Christmas music and carols and this year a brand-new Christmas market in the Cathedral nave – a unique shopping experience.”

Stephen Bunce, arc shopping centre, Centre Manager said; 'We are excited to be part of the plans for Christmas in Bury St Edmunds. The line-up is amazing from Light Trails to Live Music, it is clear Bury St Edmunds is going to have a fantastic atmosphere this festive period.

“arc shopping centre, will play host to the Town Centre magical Christmas experience from mid-November which will include a 20-to-25-minute experience including a trail, storytelling, a walk-through enchanted forest, playtime in 'Santa's toyshop', finishing in Santa's front room for the traditional Santa’s Grotto experience.  Our team of Bury St Edmunds elves have been working extra hard this year to bring you a new magical experience for everyone to enjoy. We will be announcing full details of the experience in the upcoming weeks and tickets will go on sale shortly afterwards."

Melanie Lesser Chair of Bury St Edmunds and Beyond said: “Christmas is always a great time to showcase our beautiful town to visitors from outside the area. We know that very often people will come back again and stay after they have visited Bury St Edmunds for an event or day trip, and we have some fantastic events planned in the town over the festive period.”

Councillor Susan Glossop, Portfolio Holder for Growth for West Suffolk Council, said: “Christmas in Bury St Edmunds will help over several weeks attract our residents and families into the town to enjoy the festive period and support local businesses, employers and suppliers. Importantly it will be done in a COVID safe way, including the IlluminAbbey that we aim to put on. All plans will follow emerging national guidelines and due to the pandemic may be subject to change. We look forward to working with our partners and would welcome other community organisations to join in this great initiative. West Suffolk Council will also explore how other towns and communities in West Suffolk can benefit this Christmas. We are really excited to capture the community spirit which has been so ably demonstrated during the pandemic by local organisations.”

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