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This is everything you need to know about Grantham’s Christmas Fayre and festive light switch-on

The full details for the town’s Christmas fayre and festive light switch on have been revealed.

Grantham’s Christmas Fayre and Festive Lights Switch-On will be held on Sunday December 3, organised by South Kesteven District Council.

A craft market and charity stalls will run between 11am and 5pm, accompanied with live music, entertainment and the chance to enjoy festive food and drink.

A large crowd filled Market Place for the switch-on last year
A large crowd filled Market Place for the switch-on last year

Alongside yuletide activities, a children’s fair and vintage rides will immerse the whole family in the Christmas spirit.

The free event takes place in Market Place and Westgate, with the lights switch on ceremony set to illuminate the town at 4.30pm.

SK Community Awards Lifetime Community Champion of 2023, Karen Thompson, will switch the lights on.

Karen Thompson of Kesteven Rideability will switch on the lights.
Karen Thompson of Kesteven Rideability will switch on the lights.

Karen has been supporting disabled children and adults since setting up Kesteven Rideability in 1988. Hundreds of disabled people have benefitted from physical therapy, reduced stress, improved well-being, confidence and self-esteem through contact with horses and ponies.

Councillor Paul Stokes, SKDC’s cabinet member for culture and leisure said: “We are delighted to be hosting such an exciting line-up for this year’s festivities.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to enjoy some of the fantastic live-entertainment and stock up on some Christmas goodies from the many local businesses that Grantham has to offer.

Susan Swinburn, of the Bhive Community Hub, switched on last year's lights.
Susan Swinburn, of the Bhive Community Hub, switched on last year's lights.

“We will also showcase our enhanced and improved Christmas light display for 2023, following significant investment by the Council. We hope that everyone will welcome the seasonal illuminations and decorations.”

Grantham School of Dancing will open the event at 11am, followed by performances from the cast of the Guildhall Arts Centre 2023 pantomime, Aladdin.

Charlie Church, Rock Choir, Nataly Arbon, Hayes Theatre, Relight My Choir and Ultra 90s will provide entertainment throughout the day, as well as winter princesses and elf antics performances.

The panto cast outside the Guildhall Arts Centre.
The panto cast outside the Guildhall Arts Centre.

An adventure awaits with wooden versions of Santa’s reindeer, created by Simon Kieffer and volunteers from Outwood CIC, hidden in participating venues across Grantham’s town centre as part of the Rogue Reindeer Trail.

The reindeer have been decorated by nine local primary schools:

Dudley House School

Barkston & Syston C of E Primary School

Harlaxton C of E Primary School

Little Gonerby Church of England Primary Academy

Grantham Preparatory International School

St Mary’s Catholic Primary Academy

St Wulfram's National C of E Primary School

Cliffedale Primary School

Sandon School

The Rogue Reindeer trail is free to take part in with trail sheets and clues available from the HelloSK stall in the marketplace between 11am and 4pm.

For those who manage to find all nine reindeer, head back to the stall for a chance at winning a family ticket to the Guildhall Arts Centre and Polka Dot Pantomimes spectacular production of Aladdin.

Coun Stokes said: “It has been our pleasure to bring together local schools as they showcase their creativity in decorating the reindeer.”

Grantham’s regular businesses will trade alongside the glittering specialist stalls for stocking fillers and gifts, as well as traditional wintry refreshment.

The craft market and charity stalls will offer cards, crocheted creations, jewellery, clothing, candles, infused gin and festive treats.

The magic of Christmas is set to come alive with a range of children’s activities on offer, including free face painting, balloon modelling and festive crafts – including the chance to Decorate A Gonk with Outwood CIC.

People can visit Santa’s grotto and snow globe for an immersive winter experience. The magic doesn’t stop there as Santa and his little helpers will fly through the Market Place on his sleigh at 3.15pm, provided by Grantham Lions Club CIO.

For those eager to unleash their creativity, All Day Play presents an exciting lineup of creative craft workshops aboard their brand-new play bus.

From festive art to sensory activities and even the ever-popular Christmas slime making, there's no shortage of merry moments for the little ones.

To secure a spot in these festive workshops, pre-bookable slots are available via www.alldayplay.co.uk.

Grantham Rotary and Grantham Twinning Association will also be in attendance on the day, raising funds for Inner Wheel and Rotary charities. Their stall will be supported by performances from Dunne & Rusted and members of the Premier Cru.

The event is being supported by Lincolnshire Fire Aid, who will be bringing their collection of vintage fire engines to explore.

Road closures will be in place from 6am to 9pm on Sunday December 3. The following roads will be affected:

Market Place

Conduit Lane (part of - junction of Greyfriars)

Narrow Westgate

Wide Westgate

Guildhall Street (part of - junction of Greenwood’s Row)

Welby Street

Other festive fun on Sunday December 3 includes the Garden Yard’s Christmas Market between 10am and 3pm, St Wulfram’s Church Christmas Tree Festival and Guildhall Arts Centre pantomime at 1pm and 5pm.

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