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Here comes Christmas in Boston

The Christmas in Boston community team has been busy getting ready to light up the town on Thursday, November 29, when a whole host of festive fun for all ages is planned.

There will be multiple illuminated Christmas trees and two light switch-ons - one will be in the Market Place at 6.30pm, by Callum Johnson, Boston's world light heavyweight contender and Commonwealth Games gold medal winner, and then another for Pescod Square.

The Christmas in Boston Community group has 500 flashing LED light wands to hand out to children on the switch-on night.

There will be a Christmas Market organised by Boston Borough Council extending from the Market Place to Wide Bargate opening at noon, live entertainment in the Market Place from 12.15pm until the final act, Fusion, who strike up at 7.45pm and the fourth big Illuminate parade by arts organisation Transported at 5.30pm.

Santa is on his way from the North Pole for his grotto at the Boston Christmas event and children can see him for free and receive a free gift.

Here is the full programme of the day's events:


Noon - Opening of the Christmas Market by Cllr Judith Skinner, the Mayor of Boston

12.15pm - Ainjiel's choir - Ancaster Court - choir performance

1pm - Boston St Mary's - choir performance

2pm - The Home Nursery - choir performance

2:30pm - Tower Road - choir performance

3pm - Pilgrim Day Nursery - choir performance

4.15pm to 5pm - JJ Magic Show

5pm to 5.30pm - Boston Jive Performance

5.30pm to 6pm - Illuminate Parade from Central Park through the Market Place to Fish Hill

6pm to 6.30pm - Aladdin production, Blackfriars Theatre

6.30pm to 6.45pm - Lights switch-on - Christmas In Boston

6.45pm to 7pm - DO RE MI - Singing

7pm to 7.15pm - Marc Elliott

7.15pm to 7.30pm - Boston United Cheerleaders

7.30pm to 7.45pm - performance from GLOW entertainers

7.45pm to 8.30pm - Fusion

Top Shelf Elf Stilt Walkers (street entertainers) - 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Santa - from 4pm in Cotton Chapel, Boston Stump (queuing outdoors)

Face painting - from 5.30pm in Market Place (outdoors)

Glow entertainment (street entertainers) from 6pm

JJ will do close up magic after his stage show round the crowds from 5pm



Noon - Moonshiners

3pm to 5pm - Steel Drummers

6pm to 6.30pm - Marc Elliott

The Illuminated Presents (street entertainers) - 5pm to 5.30pm, 6.45pm to 7.15pm, 8pm to 8.30pm.

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Free as a bird was the theme of last year's Illuminate parade - what will it be this year?

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Some of the Christmas in Boston team at work on this year's lights