If you didn’t make it to Christmas on the Green today (Sunday), you missed some brilliant attractions.
Santa Claus was kept busy in his grotto all day – in fact, as this story goes online, at 5pm, there remains a long line of eager youngsters queueing through the Winter Wonderland to see him!
A pair of reindeer were a popular attraction, as were the acts making up the line-ups on the stage and in the marquee.
The Grantham School of Dance kick-started the marquee programme, followed by the Harrowby Singers, singer/songwriter Heather and guitarist and vocalist CJ Hatt. Bringing the entertainment in the marquee to an end were pupils of West Grantham Academy St John’s, who attracted a huge crowd as they performed a short Nativity play.
Meanwhile, on the stage were Premier Cru, Blues Bursters and jazz band Oriole.
A market, fairground rides and street entertainment were all in Market Place and Westgate, while up in the Guildhall ballroom was a craft fair.
At 3.15pm, the Christmas tree in Market Place was blessed, followed by a procession through Westgate and the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre back on to St Peter’s Hill, joined (up until the shopping centre, of course), by Santa aboard his sleigh and the Grantham Lions.
For the switching on of the Christmas tree lights in front of the Guildhall was the largest crowd event organiser Roy Wright has ever seen at a Christmas on the Green event.
Showing emotion, Roy, chairman of the Grantham Carnival and Events Group, said: “This is amazing, absolutely brilliant. I’ve never seen it like this.”
It was made all the more spectacular by the popping of dozens of party poppers, handed out to families to pop at the end of the count-down to the lights switch-on, including pupils of St Mary’s Primary School, who led the singing of Christmas carols.
Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby switched on the lights, helped by Carnival Princess 2014 Megan Leadon.
**See Friday’s Journal for full coverage of the Christmas on the Green and Market Day.