Entertainment at Stamford’s Christmas festival on December 11

Last year's Christmas festival in Stamford. (SM121210-021ow)

Last year's Christmas festival in Stamford. (SM121210-021ow)

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THOUSANDS of people are expected to attend Stamford’s Christmas festival on Sunday.

The festival runs from 10am until 4pm when about 150 stalls will fill High Street, Red Lion Square, Sheep Market and Bath Row, selling everything from festive food to Christmas crafts.

There will also be entertainment throughout the day on stage in Bath Row and there will also be a funfair in Bath Row.

There will also be dancers, theatre groups, street artists and a magician roaming through Red Lion Square and the High Street.

Santa will be in his grotto in the Sheep Market.

There is also the chance to win a bumper Christmas hamper, with thousands of pounds worth of prizes donated by local businesses.

Ali Hawley-Smith is organising the event on behalf of Stamford Town Partnership and Stamford Town Council.

She said: “It is going to be an absolutely fantastic event and everything is going to plan.

“We are all really excited about it, I think it is going to be the best event yet as there is so much going on.”

Many of the town’s shops and restaurants will also be open.

Bath Row, Sheep Market and Castle Street will be closed to traffic from 6pm on Saturday and 11pm on Sunday.

The Grinch Retold will also be performed at Stamford Corn Exchange in Broad Street at 4pm on Sunday.

Tickets are £2 each or £5 for a family of four.

All money raised will go to Operation Rudolph which provides hampers at Christmas for struggling families.