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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:

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.