Weekend of festive fun in Holbeach

A mixture of generations from different families visit Santa's Grottos at All Saints Church, Holbeach, during its St Nicholas Christmas Fayre.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG031216-183TW.
A mixture of generations from different families visit Santa's Grottos at All Saints Church, Holbeach, during its St Nicholas Christmas Fayre. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG031216-183TW.
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Holbeach turned into a Christmas-only zone at the weekend as two separate festive celebrations had plenty on offer for visitors.

The weekend included the two-day Holbeach St Nicholas Fayre, based at All Saints Church, which was filled with craft and gift stalls, Santa’s Grotto, music from Holbeach Town Band and food, including pizza baked in a wood-fired oven.

Jane Francis, one of the organisers, said: “The fayre was a resounding success, with more than 2,000 people attending the event.

“More than 40 stallholders attended over the weekend, together with a fairground ride, a host of entertainers and the popular mulled wine tent.

“Thousands of pounds has been raised for local charities and it was without a doubt the best community event in town for a while.”

On Sunday, the church hosted a Christingle service and a Christmas lights switch-on in the churchyard, with a collection taken for The Children’s Society.

Little Santa, Elsa and Olaf at The Holbeach Hub Christmas Celebration.  Photo by Faith Pearson.

Little Santa, Elsa and Olaf at The Holbeach Hub Christmas Celebration. Photo by Faith Pearson.

Jane said: “We would like to offer our grateful thanks to all those involved and next year, we will be bigger and better. “As a result, we want to get more people involved.”

Meanwhile, The Holbeach Hub joined in with the celebrations on Sunday with an event which featured characters Elsa and Olaf from the Disney musical, Frozen, skiffle band Jet, face painting, balloons and candy floss for children.

Organiser Tracey Carter said: “I was really pleased with how the event went, the stallholders were excellent in really welcoming all the guests and lots of the charity stalls were even sold out.

“We handed out 420 bags of candy floss to the children, the band provided some excellent music and there was a great atmosphere

I was really pleased with how the event went, the stallholders were excellent in really welcoming all of the guests and lots of the charity stalls were sold out.

Tracey Carter, organiser, Holbeach Hub Christmas Celebration

“Overall, we were thrilled with an event that was basically put together on a tiny timescale and I appreciate all the support I got in putting it together.

“It was a huge community event that brought lots of visitors to Holbeach from other areas, which was fabulous.”

Holbeach St Nicholas Christmas Fayre organisers (from left)  Jane Francis, David Enser, Rachel Flood, Chris Penney and Nigel Beverley-Stone.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG031216-179TW.

Holbeach St Nicholas Christmas Fayre organisers (from left) Jane Francis, David Enser, Rachel Flood, Chris Penney and Nigel Beverley-Stone. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG031216-179TW.

Carol Rudkin in Victorian dress at the tombola stall.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG031216-181TW.

Carol Rudkin in Victorian dress at the tombola stall. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG031216-181TW.

Aidan Claxton and Alex Robinson on the fairground ride.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG031216-190TW.  ANL-160412-010213009

Aidan Claxton and Alex Robinson on the fairground ride. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG031216-190TW. ANL-160412-010213009

Whiskers, the club mascot for Holbeach United Football Club, with Couns Nick Worth and Tracey Carter.  Photo by Carole Kenyon.  ANL-160712-163339001

Whiskers, the club mascot for Holbeach United Football Club, with Couns Nick Worth and Tracey Carter. Photo by Carole Kenyon. ANL-160712-163339001

Skiffle band Jet entertain their audience at The Holbeach Hub.  Photo by Carole Kenyon.

Skiffle band Jet entertain their audience at The Holbeach Hub. Photo by Carole Kenyon.