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Boston's Christmas cracker: Join in today's fun

Father Christmas has sent a special message to Boston in advance of his visit here today for the big lights switch-on event.

He said: "I love coming to Boston because I am always made so welcome. My little helpers are preparing my grotto in your famous Boston Stump and I will be ready to receive all visitors from 4pm.

"I have been busy loading my sleigh with presents for lucky boys and girls, and there will be a free gift for every child who comes to see me until my sleigh is empty.

"Now I have a message for parents and carers. A lot of you came to see me last year and you were very good at queuing patiently and waiting for your turn to come into the grotto with your children. I hope as many come again this year, so please continue to be patient.

"See you all tomorrow, ho-ho-ho."

A whole host of festive fun is planned for today, starting at noon with the opening of the Christmas market organised by Boston Borough Council and extending from the Market Place to Wide Bargate.

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 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.

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


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

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

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

From 6pm - Glow entertainment (street entertainers)

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


Noon - Moonshiners

3pm to 5pm - Steel Drummers

6pm to 6.30pm - Marc Elliott

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