Christmas will get started in style in Bourne this weekend when the Magical Christmas Fair hits the streets.
The event will run from 11am until 6pm tomorrow (Saturday, November 28) in North Street and Wherry’s Lane.
One of the highlights of the day will be the switching-on of the festive lights.
Santa will be hearing wish lists in his grotto before heading to the stage in front of Bourne Town Hall at about 4.30pm to flick the switch on alongside mayor Philip Knowles.
On stage there will be a host of school choirs and local bands performing throughout the day to add to the festive atmosphere as shoppers browse the stalls.
There will be stalls selling Christmas gifts, tasty festive food and charities hosting stalls to raise funds for various good causes.
The whoops of youngsters will be heard as a small children’s funfair is set up.
Many of the shops will be running offers, including the chance to win a camera worth £100 at Gordon’s Photographic and there’ll also be a competition for the best-dressed shop window.
Rosedale Property Agents are also getting involved in the fun, dressing as elves and hosting a Santa’s grotto.
The Bourne Events team is organising the Magical Christmas Fair, while Bourne Town Council is coordinating the lights switch on.
Gordon Cochran, from the events team, said: “All-in-all it’s going to be a great day for Bourne and it will really get Christmas off to a fantastic start.
“I’d encourage everyone in the town to come along and support the event and their local shops.”
In Bourne Corn Exchange, there will be a craft fair running, while at Bourne Methodist Church, the 11th annual Christmas Tree Festival will be hosted.
There will be 40 trees in the church and the hall.
The church will be open on Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from midday to 4pm. Entry is free and donations go to Lives First Responders.
Bourne Town Hall will also be open from 2pm to 5pm as part of the consultation on its future.
People are urged to go in and have a look at the options and have their say.
Both North Street and Wherry’s Lane will be closed from 8am to 8pm on Saturday.