It's CHRISTMAAAS... in Boston on Thursday
CHRISTMAS in Boston arrives on Thursday (November 23), with a festive fun fiesta. Here's the full run-down:
Noon: Mayor opens the Christmas Market with stalls in the Market Place, Wide Bargate and the Stump and a local choir will perform;
4pm: FREE entertainment starts in the Market Place with a performance of Cinderella by Blackfriars Theatre;
4pm onwards: Meet Santa in his grotto and FREE face painting in the Stump;
From 4pm: FREE parking in all borough council-owned car parks sponsored by Hoppers Jewellers;
5pm: "Hello Boston" from Lincs FM and entertainment in the Market Place from singer Kennie J;
5pm to 8pm: Pescod Square and Oldrids Christmas lights switch-on show with Catboy and SnowGlobe with entertainment from Alan School of Dance, cast of Cinderella, Christmas choir, on-stage prize giveaways;
5.50pm: Illuminate Parade leaves Central Park bound for the Market Place;
6.30pm: Christmas In Boston take to the stage for the lights switch-on;
7.30pm: Pescod Square and Oldrids lights switch-on;
It's going to be a spectacular start to the festive season with new lights and extra Christmas trees.
Thanks to generous sponsorship by Hoppers jewellers there will be free parking from 4pm in borough council-owned car parks. The Cattle Market car park (PE21 6RX), Tunnard Street (PE21 6PL) or St George's Road (PE21 8YB) have been recommended as the best to use.
The third Illuminate Parade will take place ahead of the Christmas lights switch-on. The parade, made up of mainly schoolchildren who have built their own lanterns, will celebrate the story of the Pilgrims, leading up to the international celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in 2020. This year's festival will build on the light parades and stunning projects of Illuminate 2015 (ships and stars) and 2016 (birds), with the themes of hope and betrayal.
New volunteer group, Christmas in Boston, has been busy fundraising and, with match funding from Boston Town Area Committee, will light the town up with Christmas lights and more than one Christmas tree. The lights will be switched on by children who entered poems in a BTAC (Boston Town Area Committee) Christmas in Boston and Me competition.
The main town tree will have a new location in the Market Place, more central to the eye of those approaching from Town Bridge.
Christmas in Boston committee chairman, Dylan Taylor said: "You can expect to see more Christmas lights and some surprises, depending on which way you are heading into town.
"This has been a great community campaign supported by local businesses and a great platform to build on."
And it doesn't end there. There will be a Festive Market on Sunday, December 17, from 9.30am to 2.30pm in the Market Place, with visits from the Ice Queen and Jack Frost together with a free showing in the afternoon in the Stump of the festive family favourite film Elf.