This year's Thursford Christmas Spectacular in North Norfolk has been postponed until 2021 for the first time in its 43-year history due to the continued uncertainty surrounding coronavirus.
Since its opening night in 1977 over six million people have travelled from all over the world to see the show which normally runs from early November.
The award-winning production quickly became one of Europe's biggest seasonal shows, employing around 360 dancers, singers, musicians, variety acts, technicians, wardrobe teams, ushers, caterers and production staff each year.
Organisers say whilst unavoidable, it is with great sadness that this year's performances have had to be cancelled.
Ticket holders for the 2020 production will be contacted by the bookings and reservations team, or their point of purchase, by mid-August, offering the option of an automatic seat transfer to a new date in 2021 or to arrange a refund.
They added that with the show on pause and Santa in ICE-olation in the North Pole until Christmas Eve so unable to greet children at the end of 'Santa's Magical Journey', a new alternative light show will be on offer instead.
Thursford's Enchanted Journey of Light will be a 'magical' walk-through experience for all ages running from November 19th until January 3rd.
John Cushing OBE, who's the CEO, Founder, Producer and Director of the Spectacular, said: "This has been a heart-breaking time for me and my team at Thursford as it has been for so many.
"We have watched and waited, hoping for news and direction as to the implications for mass gatherings and live performances, which, in these uncertain times, remain unclarified at this time.
"We have spent the last few months working tirelessly towards the Christmas Spectacular show, hoping to continue our normal year's schedule through to the autumn.
"However, following many hours discussing ways to achieve this, considering restrictions and safety measures, and with the concern for due care of our audience, cast and production team always being foremost in our minds, we felt that our only option was to postpone the show for this year.
"Whilst we allow the cancellation of the Christmas Spectacular this year to sink in, we are delighted to welcome in the Enchanted Journey of Light as a magical festive alternative.
"The beautiful collection of lanterns, will light up Thursford and brighten our hearts. We hope that visitors from far and wide will come and walk the Wonderful Trail with us and in doing so, continue to support the local community, hotels, B&Bs, rental properties and hospitality venues throughout Norfolk.
"Christmas is a special time of hope, joy, sharing and caring, and after a year filled with uncertainty and loss it is more important than ever that we celebrate all that we are thankful for.
"We look forward to seeing Christmas Spectacular audiences return in 2021 and hope that many will also visit our Enchanted Journey of Light this year.”