Town all set for Christmas

Get ready for Sleaford Christmas Market. EMN-141017-153137001

Get ready for Sleaford Christmas Market. EMN-141017-153137001

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Preparations for this year’s Sleaford Christmas Market are entering their final weeks, with the event now just over a month away.

The festive event takes place on Sunday, November 30, from 11am-5pm.

It will see a traditional array of market and food stalls selling everything from mulled wine to crafts, toys and sweets. Funfair rides will also be there.

Visitors can expect live entertainment in the Market Place and a Santa’s Grotto in The Source, in Southgate.

A Santa fun run is also in the offing - details to be confirmed.

An art competition for children to design a poster depicting how they see Sleaford at Christmas will also be held.

Winning children will get the chance to turn on the town’s Christmas lights with Mayor of Sleaford Coun Keith Dolby in the Market Place at 4pm following the annual Christingle service in St Denys’ Church and community carol singing outdoors.

The posters must be on an A4 sheet. Designs can be drawn, painted or a collage.

Each category winner gets a £15 gift card and some chocolate. There are four age categories: 0-5, 6-9, 10-13 and 14-16.

Return entries, clearly marked with the age group, to the Sleaford Town Council offices in Carre Street by November 20.

Other events planned include:

l A best home-made Christmas hat competition. Turn up with it at the Market Place on the day at 3pm with prizes for best male and female adults and juniors.

l A best dressed Christmas shop window contest and best dressed Christmas stall.

l Sleaford Methodist Church, in Northgate, hosts its traditional festival of Christmas trees on the Saturday and Sunday. Admission of £2 goes to the Air Ambulance appeal.