PEOPLE are urged to buy their festive gifts at a Christmas market and two late-night shopping events.
Stalls will fill High Street East in Uppingham for the event, which takes place on Thursday from 5pm onwards.
There will be a Victoria funfair, a fire breather and juggler and performances from primary schools, including Leighfield and Uppingham CE, as well as The Rutland Band and Rutland morris men.
Leicester Tigers will be there and Santa will be in his grotto in Baines Tea Room. A craft fair will be held in Uppingham Town Hall and Rutland Willows will be there.
Churches will take over a vacant shop in High Street East, where people will be able to dress in nativity costumes and have their photo taken.
Chairman of Uppingham Town Partnership, which is organising the event, Marc Oxley said shops would be staying open until 8.30pm.
He said: “I hope lots of people will come and spend their money in Uppingham and see what we have got to offer. It will hopefully be a great start to Christmas.”
On Monday, December 12, Oakham will hold its late night shopping event, which also starts at 5pm.
The layout of the stalls and fair rides has been reorganised so the stalls don’t block the shops.
The stalls will be on the High Street, between Church Street and Mill Street. There will be live music and there will also be fire eaters and stilt walkers in the town centre.
There will also be a bungee run and Leicester Tigers will be there.
Oakham Town Partnership chairman Vernon Moore said: “We are looking forward to a great night in Oakham and will hopefully see lots of people there supporting the town.”
Bourne Christmas Market takes place tomorrow in Abbey Road and North Street. There will be a continental market in Abbey Road from 10am and funfair and attractions in North Street from 1pm. Santa’s grotto will be in The Angel Hotel and will even be bringing his reindeer and there will be stalls in the Burghley Centre car park.