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Spalding's Christmas celebrations: Here's what is planned




Spalding will host a feast of exciting entertainment for its Christmas celebrations on Sunday, December 8.

Both the town centre and Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens are the venues for activities taking place on the day from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

At Ayscoughfee, visitors will be able to see the beautifully decorated Christmas inspired rooms at the museum and Santa will be doing storytelling until 1pm.

A vintage carousel will be coming to town as part of the celebrations.
A vintage carousel will be coming to town as part of the celebrations.

In the gardens there will be stalls in the marquee, selling festive gifts and crafts, along with a ‘magical’ vintage carousel and swing boats.

Over in the town centre will be more undercover craft and gift stalls and street performers, with seasonal food and drink, a giant snow globe, Ark Farm Living Nativity and plenty of musical performances on stage to get people into the festive spirit.

Meet Bob and Sox the goats; Billy and Lilly the sheep; Dash the Donkey; Donald, Daisy, Daphne and Delila, the ducks and Punch and Judy, the two geese. There’ll also be labrador dog to meet who helps keep them all in order.

Meet Dash the Donkey, alongside other farm animals at Spalding's Christmas celebrations.
Meet Dash the Donkey, alongside other farm animals at Spalding's Christmas celebrations.

At 4pm, carols by candlelight will be sung in Hall Place, with Santa closing the event at 4.30pm.

From Saturday, December 7, until December 22, the Spalding Nutcracker Trail runs in Spalding Town Centre.

This is a free of charge competition for residents to enter and have fun searching for 14 Nutcracker Soldiers (from the famous ballet) hidden in participating stores.

Trail booklets can be picked up from all participating businesses, Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens, the South Holland Centre and the district council offices at Priory Road.

Completed booklets can be posted in one of three Nutcracker post boxes by Sunday, December 22, at the South Holland Centre, Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens or the council offices.

A prize draw takes place on Monday, December 23, and three lucky winners will receive a prize hamper in time for Christmas.

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