The festive spirit will soon be glowing again in towns across the region.

Dereham, Fakenham, and Wells-next-the-Sea are all planning a return of their ever-popular Christmas lights switch-on events.

Fakenham's Christmas Fayre will take place on December 2, including a market with 24 stalls and entertainment starting at 2pm.

Dereham Times: Christmas light switch on event in FakenhamChristmas light switch on event in Fakenham (Image: Aaron McMillan)Entertainment will include a choir from the infant and nursery school, the 1st Academy of Dance, a performance from Faldos and live music.

Santa will have a grotta at the Crown from 2pm to 5pm and the lights will be switched on at 6pm by the winner of a ‘naughty elf trail’ competition for children under 11.

To enter, collect a form from Fakenham Infant School or the town's Tesco.

Wells Christmas Tide Festival will take place over the November 24/26 weekend, with the switch-on taking place on the Saturday at 4.30pm.

Dereham Times: Wells Christmas Tide Festival Wells Christmas Tide Festival (Image: David Edwards)Santa is due to arrive at the Quay at 5pm by boat, accompanied by a flotilla of illuminated vessels, before a fireworks display over the marshes.

He will then head to a grotto to meet children and find out what they want for Christmas. 

The festival starts on the Friday with a Christmas carol service, mulled cider and stalls at the Buttlands at 5.30pm.  

Dereham’s festive event takes place on November 26 from 1pm, with the switch-on happening at 4.30pm.

Dereham Times: Dereham Christmas lights switch-on eventDereham Christmas lights switch-on event (Image: Matthew Usher)It will feature Santa and performances by local groups.

There will be stalls, food vendors and a fair with donkey rides in Church Street.

Youngsters can meet Father Christmas at the Assembly Rooms from 1.30pm.

Reepham's Festival of Light is taking place on Sunday, December 3. There will be a light switch-on, stalls, Santa's grotto and carols. Reepham Lions will host a Christmas tree festival at St Mary's church from Wednesday, November 29 to Sunday, December 3.