Norwich’s tunnel of light

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Norwich's Tunnel of Light

The Tunnel of Light

This year Norwich has a seven-week set of Christmas festivities in which the UK’s first ‘tunnel of light‘ is the centre piece of the city’s celebrations.

Light is the theme of the city in 2016 with the launch on 17th November (as the city lights switch on takes place) of Norwich’s lead seasonal attraction, the UK’s first immersive ‘Tunnel of Light’. Inspiration for the tunnel has been taken from Nagashia Resort’s theme park Nabana no Sato in Japan. The display is 45-metres long, 4 metres high and 6 metres wide and is made from 50,000 LEDs. The sequenced lights will reflect the patterns and colours of the Northern Lights for visitors to experience a display of dancing beams which, the local tourist board says, “the likes of which the city has never seen before.”

In addition, three commissioned original film projections, each with a distinct Christmas story set to music, will be broadcast nightly between 5pm and 9pm. The projections will appear on two buildings: the art deco City Hall and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. At City Hall the projection will be a 280 foot long and 20-minutes in duration telling a traditional Christmas narrative. At Norwich Castle there will be two 70 foot high, 10-minute films of contemporary Christmas adventure. Spruce featured outside City Hall, Norwich at Christmas has never looked so good!

From the 19th until the 29th of November, The Forum amphitheatre will introduce two very different Christmas markets housed in traditional winter chalets and which are in addition to Norwich Market, the UK’s only 6-day-a-week permanent outdoor market. The first will be a pop-up artisan Norwegian Handcrafters Christmas market (19-24 November. The second is The Enterprise Market (26-29 November), an initiative specifically for young entrepreneurs featuring young talented people from Norwich selling their creative products, designs and innovations. This will be the first time such a market will have taken place in East Anglia and is supported by Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), The Teenage Market and Young Enterprise.

Traditional Christmas activities also taking place includes; ice-skating in Castle Gardens under the shadow of Norwich Castle, pantomime featuring Wayne Sleep in Jack in the Beanstalk, Festive Afternoon Teas with music at the Georgian Assembly House, Hansel and Gretel at Norwich Puppet Theatre (one of only 3 dedicated puppet theatres in the country), visits in a Tudor setting to Father Christmas at Strangers’ Hall museum.

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