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Christmas festivities coming to Stamford




Christmas festivities in Stamford are set to get underway in style this weekend with so much to do.

The stunning Christmas Tree Festival begins in St John’s Church on Friday, the magical Santa’s Grotto that lights up children’s faces is open on Sunday and then the whole of Stamford is beautifully lit up as the Christmas lights are switched on.

Andrea Scholes, Mercury senior reporter and Hayley Eason, property account manager, decorate the Mercury's tree
Andrea Scholes, Mercury senior reporter and Hayley Eason, property account manager, decorate the Mercury's tree

“We’ve got a couple of pantomime dames coming to open the Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church at 10.30 am on Friday,” said Gill Clarke, president of Stamford and District Lions Club, which is organising the tree festival and Santa’s Grotto.

“We have about 30 trees all decorated by local groups, charities, organisations and businesses - Brownies, schools and the Panto Players.

“It’s a fantastic sight and also raises awareness of the organisations that are in Stamford.

“All money raised will be spilt between Second Helpings, the Churches Conservation Trust and All Saints’ Church.”

Santa will also be handing out presents from his Grotto in Broad Street on Sunday from 10.15am to 4pm and will be in Red Lion Square along with some Elves at 10am before making his way to the Grotto that was built by Gill’s husband Colin.

“The children get so excited while their waiting to see Santa,” said Gill.

“The smiles on their faces make the 5am start worthwhile!”

The Grotto costs £3.50 per child and includes a gift.

As well as the Lion’s events, Stamford Town Council are organising the town’s Christmas Festival with funfair rides, reindeer and live music, cumulating in the light switch-on.

The Town Hall is also hosting a vintage Christmas fair on Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

Entry is free and there will be a vintage tearoom, retro hairdressing and plenty of stalls selling a variety of items.



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