Town ready for day of festivities

The traditional children's Christingle service will be held in St Denys' Church at 3pm on Christmas Market day.
The traditional children's Christingle service will be held in St Denys' Church at 3pm on Christmas Market day.

With the festive season soon upon us, Sleaford is gearing itself up for its annual Christmas Market this weekend.

The market takes place on Sunday and is an excellent opportunity to get yourself into the festive mood.

Before it all kicks off, you can enjoy the sight of runners dressed as Father Christmas taking part in a Santa Fun Run at 10am.

The run, which will be over a distance of 3km, has been organised by Total Sports Supplements and will start and finish in Market Place.

Mayor of Sleaford Keith Dolby will then officially open the Christmas Market at 11am.

During the event, which continues until 5pm, Southgate will be closed to traffic, as will Eastgate alongside Market Place.

If you are looking to buy gifts, there will be plenty of choice, with many of the shops opening on the day and the town centre lined with well over 100 stalls, which will be located in Market Place, Money’s Yard, Southgate and St Denys’ Church Hall.

Children are sure to make a bee-line for Santa, who will be in his grotto in Market Place, while throughout the town there will music and entertainment, including the Salvation Army Band, William Alvey School Choir, The Ruffs’ Band and The Mickey Money Boys Band. Go Dance and the Angels Dance Squad will also be in town, as will the Phoenix Children’s Foundation ponies.

At 3pm Santa will be judging the homemade hat competition with Hero Bear from the Help for Heroes charity and that will immediately be followed by the Christingle Service. Then between 4pm and 4.15pm the Mayor and the Christmas Market art competition winners will be switching on the town’s Christmas lights.

The event will conclude with Christmas carols with Sleaford Concert Band.