Gifts galore at Dickensian evening on November 17

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SHOPS at Springfields Outlet Shopping in Spalding are hosting a Dickensian evening to get people into the festive spirit.

The centre is kicking off its festive season with the event on Thursday with special attractions and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Entertainment will include a barrel organist, comedy carol singers and a brass band with lots of gifts, arts and crafts ideas.

Santa is due to make his entrance at about 6.15pm with his reindeer-pulled sleigh. There will be a chance to meet the reindeer and children can then visit Santa in his grotto for £3.50.

The event takes place from 6pm to 9pm and there will be a £100 gift voucher on offer for the best costume.

l A popular Christmas fair returns to the East of England Showground in Peterborough this weekend.

The event features hundreds of trade stands offering wonderful gifts and decorations along with festive food and drinks.

You can take the children along to meet Father Christmas and enjoy a range of entertainment and demonstrations.

The fair is open today until Sunday. Admission is £4 today and £5 tomorrow and Sunday. Under 16s are free.