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Former shop transformed into grotto

Former shop transformed into grotto for Christmas Lights Switch On

21 November 2017

The former Bliss store in the Parishes in Scunthorpe town centre is being transformed ready for a very special visitor on Saturday 25 November for Scunthorpe’s Christmas Lights Switch On.

With the Light Switch On just days away, the shop on Jubilee Way has been turned into a grotto and will act as Father Christmas’s temporary base in the town for the festive season.

This year, the all-day Christmas Lights Switch On will see plenty of festive cheer up and down the high street with street entertainers and fairground rides.

From 9am you can browse the stalls of our Christmas market selling gifts and delicious food and drink, including mulled wine, German sausages and roasted chestnuts. You can also meet Rudolph and his friends with real reindeer in Clock Tower Square outside the Oldrids department store.

The grotto itself will be hosting an elf workshop on the day between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Thanks, to Winterton Lions, your children can meet the man himself for just £3.

For those feeling a little bit more adventurous, why not have a go on the ice skating rink outside Central Library. Skating costs just £2 for children and £3 for adults.

At 12 noon, Kimberley Performing Arts will be entertaining shoppers in the square outside HSBC and Primark with extracts from their production of Aladdin.

From 3.30pm, Lincs FM will be live from Church Square, offering lots of festive fun – including a Little Mix tribute act performing live on stage – and guaranteeing a white Christmas with their snow machine.

At 4.15pm, Bottesford Junior School Choir will be singing outside the grotto in the Parishes before leading a procession to Church Square where they will then perform on the Lincs FM stage.

Father Christmas will turn the Christmas lights on for us in Church Square at 5pm, before a fantastic firework display lights up the sky.

Thanks to Winterton Lions, you can meet Father Christmas in his grotto. The grotto will be open from Saturday 25 November and then on Saturday 2, 9 and 16 December from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Meeting Father Christmas costs just £3 per child and includes a gift.

The winners of this year’s school Christmas card competition and the Tour of Britain photography competition will be announced on stage at the Christmas Lights Switch On and be awarded a selection of prizes. The Tour of Britain photography competition

Visitors to Scunthorpe Christmas Lights Switch On can enjoy free car parking all day in any of the town centre car parks.

Cllr Rob Waltham, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We’re just days away from a bumper Christmas Lights Switch On in Scunthorpe and the excitement is building.

“Thank you Winterton Lions, County Heating and Nisa who have helped bring Father Christmas’ grotto to life in the Parishes.

“With free car parking all day and plenty to see and do up and down the high street, there’s no excuse not to come along and join in the festivities.”

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First Published:21 November 2017