Town centres traditionally opt for real fir, spruce or pine trees at Christmastime, displaying the huge Norwegian centrepieces for crowds to enjoy during the festive period.

However, Ipswich has decided to opt for its more alternative Christmas feature again this year, bringing back its LED-lit tree made up of huge, elaborately decorated balls.

The southern town will see 41 aluminium spheres covered with 40,000 LED Lights sitting on the Cornhill, the Ipswich Star has reported.

The decision to bring back the tree, which was first introduced in 2012, has split public opinion.

In fact, the newspaperhas revealed a petition has been signed by 1,445 to replace it with a traditional tree instead.

A spokesperson for Ipswich Borough Council said: “We will take into account this petition and the other opinions of both public and businesses when we talk to our partners about arrangements for a Christmas tree in 2017.”

Locals who do like the look of the controversial spectacle will be able to see its lights switched on during a festive evening on November 17th.

Helping with the turning on of the energy-saving LED lamps is the cast of the Regent Theatre’s Christmas pantomime Sleeping Beauty. The mayor of Ipswich Roger Fern will officially hit the illuminate button at 18:45 that night, showing the magnificent display of lights to the large crowd.

Those looking for more traditional festive activities in Ipswich may want to head to its Christmas Market, which is taking place in the town centre. The event, which will feature food, drink, gift and homemade craft stalls will open from Friday December 9th and last over the weekend, closing on December 11th.

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