Holt at Christmas time
We may be a bit biased here in our corner of North Norfolk but we think the most Christmassy town for miles around is the Georgian town of Holt.
Switch onto Christmas
The annual Christmas light ‘Switch-On’, transforms the town is with twinkling lights decorating every building. It really is picture-postcard perfect for the time of year. Every gable, gutter and rooftop is decorated with thousands of fairy lights. Numerous Christmas trees are liberally placed around the town and decorated in shimmering, sparkling lights. It is enough to melt even the most Scrooge-like of hearts.
Holt churches play their part
Two stars of the Christmas festivities are the town’s churches. The Parish Church of St Andrew the Apostle and the Holt Methodist Church, each take their own starring role in the Christmas celebrations. Standing at either end of the town, both churches will be beautifully decorated with lights. The churches will play a huge part in the community celebrations throughout the festive period.
On the evening of the great ‘Switch-On’, which this year takes place on 14 November, the Parade of Lights sets out from the Methodist church. Everyone is welcome to bring their own lantern or torch and join the parade. Santa Claus leads the walk up the street from the church to the main stage, where everyone gathers for the main event – the Great Switch-On. This is followed by a spectacular fireworks show.
First past the post
If thousands of twinkling lights are not enough to get you in the mood for Christmas, then get on down to the the annual Pantomime Horse race. This fun event takes place just before the grand “switch-on” and is sure to provide a bit of a seasonal giggle. Two-man ‘horses, take to the starting line at the War Memorial and race towards the finish line at Bonbons Fruit and Vegetable shop, where the horses can get refreshments!
It is the perfect antidote for short, dreary winter days.
For timings and details of the Holt Christmas Light Switch-On, click here.