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Grantham’s Christmas on the Green will go off with a real bang!

By Marie Bond

Christmas on the Green 2014
Christmas on the Green 2014

Christmas on the Green really will go off with a bang this year, as a pyrotechnic display will give a little more sizzle to the switching on of the Christmas lights.

The exciting display will form part of the switching on ceremony, following the blessing of the Christmas tree on St Peter’s Hill green and the singing of carols.

This is just one of the treats in store for families at this year’s festive event, on Sunday, November 29. It promises to be a fun day out for all the family filled with activities and attractions to get you in the mood.

A highlight will once again be the Winter Wonderland, in Abbey Gardens, where Santa will set up his grotto. Families will wander through the Wonderland, filled with Christmas trees, decorations and lights, to visit Santa. Here, they can also meet his beautiful reindeer and post a letter for Santa to read later.

Not only that, Santa has ordered in some snow!

Further attractions include children’s fairground rides, vintage fire engines and a full programme of entertainment in the marquee. The line-up includes Grantham School of Dance, Beth Cresswell dancers, choristers and Undiscovered.

There will also be refreshments.

Christmas on the Green is organised by the Grantham Carnival and Events Group, in partnership with South Kesteven District Council which organises stalls both on St Peter’s Hill and in the Guildhall ballroom.

Stalls will also be set up in Westgate, creating a Christmas market.

It will be from here that the annual festive family procession will begin, led by the 47f Squadron Drum Band and featuring dancers and the cast from the Guildhall pantomime Beauty and the Beast. This year, the procession will go along High Street, where it is hoped families will line up to cheer the parade along.

November 29 is a day that will keep on giving, as it’s also the date of the annual Bikers’ Toy Run through town, plus the Christmas tree festival will be well under way in St Wulfram’s Church.


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