Abbey Gardens will be transformed into a glistening Winter Wonderland for Christmas on the Green later this month.
It will be a new feature for the family event, organised by the Grantham Carnival and Events Group and taking place on Sunday, November 30, from 10am.
Children eager to see Father Christmas will walk through a magical tunnel of snow and fairy lights, where Christmas trees will be dressed and reindeer will rest. Here, the jolly old fellow will be ensconced in his grotto, joined by his trusty elf, ready to greet them with a Christmas gift.
The festivities will also take over the entire St Peter’s Hill green. There will be a marquee where pupils of West Grantham Academy St John’s will put on a Nativity play, plus a stage further along where live music will play. Included in the line-up are Premier Cru, Harrowby Singers, Blues Bursters, CJ Hatt and a New Orleans jazz band.
Dance demonstrations will be given by Grantham School of Dance and Bess Cresswell’s School of Dance, while further entertainment will come in the form of festive favourite Jack Frost.
And no Christmas event would be complete without mince pies and mulled wine.
Up in the Guildhall ballroom will be a better-than-ever Christmas craft fair, organised by South Kesteven District Council, which has also organised market stalls and entertainment in Market Place and Westgate.
All this builds up to a fabulous finale. The popular family procession through the town centre begins at 3.40pm, following the blessing of the tree in Market Place at 3.30pm. Everyone is welcome to gather in Market Place and join in. Free glow sticks will be handed out to youngsters taking part.
The procession will travel through Westgate, Welby Street and into the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre, coming out the other side into St Peter’s Hill.
Its arrival will mark the start of the main event. The Christmas tree will be blessed and lights switched on by Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby and Carnival Princess 2014 Megan Leadon, while Christmas carols are sung.
It promises to be a fantastic community event to kick-start the festive period.