Christmas cracker of a market in Spalding

South Holland Rotary Club's Santa Claus will be at the Spalding Christmas Market. SG061215-106TW

South Holland Rotary Club's Santa Claus will be at the Spalding Christmas Market. SG061215-106TW

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A cracker of a Spalding Christmas Market will be held in the town centre on Sunday, November 27.

Former town centre manager Dennis Hannant returns to oversee the festive event that he began organising before he left his post at the end of August.

From 10am to 2pm there will be around 25 stalls centred on Hall Place selling a wide variety of products, including seasonal plants and wreaths, Lincolnshire cheese, crafts, jewellery, Forever Living products, and clothing.

There will be the chance for grown-ups to sip mulled wine, or enjoy teas and coffees, and fun for the youngsters too as an electric go-karting track will be set up in Sheep Market and Rotary’s Santa Claus will be in town.

Street performer Alfie the Elf will join the celebrations to show off some of his tricks and have fun with shoppers.

The Salvation Army Band will be playing seasonal tunes and Christmas carols to help get everyone in the festive spirit.

Mr Hannant said: “I think it’s going to be really good.

“I am hoping people will come in their numbers and have a great time.”

Last year’s Christmas Market was postponed for a week due to forecasted high winds but Mr Hannant hopes there will be no disruption this year.

Today (Tuesday) and on Saturday, market traders are due to dress up for Dickensian Christmas Markets.

Tulip Radio’s popular School Choir Competition this year starts at 10am on Friday, December 2, at St John the Baptist Church, Spalding, and it will be combined with a veterans’ badge presentation by South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes.

Among other attractions lined up are Carols around the Christmas Tree, due to take place on each Saturday in December, and a Polish Santa Claus Day on Tuesday, December 6.

Various bands are due to take part in the carols and the entertainment will be complemented by other groups.

• The town’s tree is due to have new lights this year thanks to investment agreed by the town centre management board and donations made by district councillors from their ward budgets.