Step into living Christmas card at seasonal fair

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They cannot guarantee snowflakes drifting by, but all the other ingredients of a joyful Dickensian Christmas will light up Lavenham next weekend.

The age-old magic of a bygone era will fill the streets as the village stages its annual Christmas fair.

Visitors are invited to join stallholders dressing in Victorian-style to add to the atmosphere, with a prize for the best costume.

But alongside the Christmas card scene will be 21st century fun for youngsters, including Santa’s grotto, donkey sleigh rides, a vintage fairground and bouncy castle.

Lavenham’s Christmas Fair committee has organised a three-day extravaganza of entertainment, exhibitions, shopping and wining and dining.

It starts with the traditional opening ceremony when Father Christmas arrives in his sleigh and the village is lit up by thousands of twinkling white lights.

More than 80 stalls will line the streets selling a huge variety of gifts and locally-sourced food and drink.

The stalls will vary each day, selling produce including hand-made pies, cheeses, wines, cakes and chocolates.

Gift-hunters will find Christmas cards, wreaths and decorations, wooden toys, artwork, craft jewellery, handbags, cushions, candles, patchwork and much more.

All stalls will be under cover in case of rain (or snow).

Local musicians will add to the festive mood, performing in Market Place throughout the weekend.

The fair will run from 6pm to 8pm on December 5, 11am to 5pm on December 6 and 11am to 4pm on December 7.