Grantham

Dancing turkeys at Grantham lights switch-on

Dancing turkeys and an ice sculptor will all be part of the fun-filled events for Grantham’s Xmas lights switch-on this weekend.

This year’s switch-on will take place on Sunday, November 25, with a Christmas market, fun fair and other yuletide attractions kicking off the countdown to the big day.

The festivities will be centred on St Peter’s Hill Green from 10am, with an ice sculptor, walkabout entertainers, the Dick Whittington panto cast, live music and dancing turkeys. Dick Whittington is at the Guildhall Theatre from Saturday, December 8 to Saturday, January 5.

There will also be a Christmas craft market at the Guildhall, while youngsters will get an early chance to visit Santa in his grotto at Abbey Gardens.

The St Wulfram’s Church choir will sing carols and there will be a blessing of the town Christmas tree.

Come and enjoy the Grantham festive display. Photo: South Kesteven District Council

The lights will be switched on by Father Christmas himself, assisted by young Ryan Blair who has down syndrome and autism, at 4.30pm.

The afternoon will be rounded off by a glittering celebration firework display.

South Kesteven District Council’s Cabinet Member for Retail and Visitor Economy, Councillor Nick Robins, said: “The town’s traders and SKDC are working together with Grantham Events, who add so much expertise to this event to make it a must-see for locals and visitors alike.

“It’s a great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and buy their gifts locally.

“There will be 75 lit Christmas trees along Westgate and the Market Place – and with plenty of refreshments and catering at the market, it’s everyone’s first chance to get into the Christmas spirit!”

Parking in all South Kesteven District Council car parks is free on Sundays.