Christmas on the Green and market day will kick-start festivities in Grantham

Last year's Christmas on the Green. ENGEMN00120130212084921
Last year's Christmas on the Green. ENGEMN00120130212084921
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Grantham’s fun packed Christmas Market Day and Christmas on the Green events are set to kick off the town’s festivities on Sunday, November 30.

From 10am to 5pm there will be Christmas stalls and features in Market Place and St Peter’s Hill green, culminating in the town’s Christmas lights switch-on at 4.15pm.

Santa’s grotto and reindeers will be in a magical Winter Wonderland in Abbey Gardens, while the area in front of the Guilldhall will become Petticoat Lane featuring charity stalls, a tree of memories and a letterbox where youngsters can post a letter to Santa. A craft fayre will feature in the Guildhall Arts Centre ballroom.

This will be accompanied by entertainment on stage in a marquee by local musicians CJ Hatt and Premier Cru. Beth Cresswell Dancers, Harrowby Singers, Grantham School of Dancing and Blues Bursters will complete the entertainment line-up.

There will also be a short Christmas nativity played out by children from West Grantham Academy St John’s at 3.10pm.

A fun fair, Jack Frost entertainer, hog roast, popcorn and pancakes stalls will all take place in Westgate the same day.

A Christmas tree blessing will commence at 3.15pm at the Market Cross, followed by a parade led by the Oriole Jazz band, Santa and pantomime characters, finishing at St Peter’s Hill green.

Here, Christmas carols will be led by St Mary’s School choir. Song sheets will be handed out and everyone encouraged to join in. South Kesteven District Council’s business manager for venues and facilities Paul Stokes said: “This year’s events are bigger than in recent years that we are sure will give residents, visitors from outside South Kesteven and local retailers an enjoyable day.

“This is a great time to buy local and support the town’s traders while enjoying the increased number of stalls on offer. We thank the Grantham Carnival and Events Group for co-ordinating this event.”

Westgate will be closed to traffic from 6am to 8pm on November 30 to accommodate the market and fair. For more information, call SKDC on 01476 406080.