Excitement builds for Stamford town’s Christmas festival

Stamford is gearing up for the Christmas festival
Stamford is gearing up for the Christmas festival
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THE streets of Stamford will be filled with festive cheer when this year’s Christmas festival takes place.

About 150 stalls will fill High Street, Red Lion Square, Sheep Market and Bath Row on Sunday, December 11, from 10am until 4pm.

They will be selling everything from festive food to Christmas crafts.

There will also be entertainment throughout the day from dancers, choirs, theatre groups, street artists and a magician.

The funfair promises to be bigger than before and Santa will be in his grotto.

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.”

Ali said that early weather predictions of snow on the day of the festival would add to the magic of the day.

She said: “Whatever the weather, I am sure it will be a fantastic day for all the family and we are looking forward to seeing lots of people there making the most of the day.” 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, December 10, and 11pm on Sunday, December 11.

Meanwhile, the £4,000 tree of lights in Red Lion Square, which was switched on on Friday last week, had been damaged by Monday lunchtime.

Councillor Mike Exton said he was disappointed it had been damaged.