This article was published on November 30, 2019 and information contained within may now be out of date.
After a suitably frosty start to the day, the countdown to Christmas is about to start in Spilsby as the town welcomes its’ annual switch-on event and Christmas Market.
Under a new management team from previous years, including Spilsby Business Partnership and the Town Council, there will be craft, Christmas goods and food stalls. Face painting. Amusement rides. A full programme of entertainment during the afternoon with a mini fun fair, puppet show, singing from local singing groups and Skegness Silver Band.
The event will be opened at 1pm by the Mayor Cllr Terry Taylor and Canon Coates. The Christmas Lights will be switched on at 5pm by Cllr Taylor.
Santa will be there to give out small gifts to the children and this year will be accompanied by Mrs Santa. They will ride around town in a sleigh.
Although the car parks in the centre of town will be closed for the event, Robin Hood Car Parks are offering free parking during the event on the old Jackson’s yard car park (access via Reynard Street only).
Please be aware that the High Street will be closed from 11am until the end of the event – for diversions see map below. Buses are being diverted down Boston Road with the nearest bus stop near Beijing Dragon restaurant.
Rundown of today’s festivities
1pm- Official Opening
2pm- WI Choir
2:15pm- Community Carol Singing
3pm- Puppet Show
3:30pm- U3A Singing for Fun
4pm- Skegness Silver Band
4:30pm- Santa’s Procession
4:50pm- Linkage Singers
5pm- Light Switch On
5:05pm- Best Dressed Window announced
5:10pm- Elf on the Shelf Winner announced
5:15pm- Santa will give Presents
5:30pm- Gunby Singers
6pm- Music until close
Is this “Cracker Day”?
No, Cracker Day is a separate event, organised by Spilsby Rotary, and is to be held in the Franklin Hall on 7th December. The event organisers have not provided any further information about this event.
When will Santa be coming round Spilsby?
Santa has once again asked Spilsby Firefighters to help him come and see the children of Spilsby and Stickney to raise money for local charities. The Fire Engine and Firefighters will be joining Santa travelling around on his sleigh on the following nights:
Thursday 19th December in Stickney
Friday 20th December in Spilsby
Road Diversions Map
Note: the area shaded red represents the closed road and those in purple are the assigned diversions.