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Major changes announced to Newark Christmas events, including lights switch-on, festive market and fairground rides



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Christmas magic is set to sparkle once again in Newark Market Place this December.

After a difficult year, Newark Town Council and Newark Royal Market hope to spread some festive joy with the return of two much-awaited events.

On Sunday, December 12, shoppers will be able to enjoy the annual Christmas market, with festive favourites mulled wine and mince pies.

Newark Christmas Market and Winter festival. Pictured are Lynn Baker and Tom Stimson enjoying a festive drink. (24360464)
Newark Christmas Market and Winter festival. Pictured are Lynn Baker and Tom Stimson enjoying a festive drink. (24360464)

While previous markets may have taken place during the daytime, this year, the council has taken the event in a different direction with a new lights display and over 100 different stalls.

The Newark Festival of Lights and Evening Christmas Market will take place from 4:30pm until 9:30pm and will include live music, street performers and carol singing.

Newark Christmas Light Switch On 2018. (5609735)
Newark Christmas Light Switch On 2018. (5609735)

The Newark Steampunk Association will display their finery in a procession of light.

The council also hoped to be able to hold an in-person lights switch-on this year.

The event, which is set for Sunday, November 28, was held online last year due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Newark Christmas Light Switch On 2018. Fun Chorus perform.. (5609895)
Newark Christmas Light Switch On 2018. Fun Chorus perform.. (5609895)

This Christmas, there will be no fireworks to mark the occasion. However, additional entertainment will be provided in the Market Place instead, including seasonal market stalls and fairground rides.

The event will also be broadcast virtually, with organisers planning to film and release an edited version of the switch-on for the public to enjoy from home.

All in-person events will be subject to changes in coronavirus restrictions.



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