Christmas is just 73 days away and Boston residents, businesses, and visitors can really start to get in the festive spirit from next month with the town’s Christmas Market and light switch on.

Thursday 25th November will see the return of the ever-popular event and, whilst Covid-19 safety measures mean that some elements have been reimagined this year, it promises to be as wonderful as ever for everyone in attendance.

Running from 12pm – 8pm, the market will see Boston’s local retail and hospitality offer complemented by a number of Christmas themed stalls in the Market Place and on Wide Bargate, along with a selection of food and drink stands.

There’ll be plenty of entertainment on offer too, including small children’s rides and fun stalls, whilst Christmas music brings the sights and sounds of the festive season to life. Transported will also be delivering ‘Light and Hope’ themed trails throughout the day, in place of the traditional Illuminate Parade, which will be accompanied by brilliant street performers, the popular Fire Garden with its stunning sculptures, and of course the light switch on with a countdown throughout the town.

Pescod Square will have their own surprise for shoppers this year with Father Christmas’s Grotto joining their selection of high street shops and cafés. Santa will be making his early stop in the town from 4pm – 8pm, with all money raised supporting the Blackfriars Theatre and Art Centre. Blackfriars are also hosting their yearly Pantomime, a production of Dick Whittington and his Wonderful Cat, from December 11. Pantomime characters from the show will be in Boston during the market – you never know who you might pass as you explore the town!

With all that in store it promises to be a fantastic day for all involved, and it wouldn’t be possible without the ‘Christmas in Boston’ group who will be busy dressing the town in the run up to the event. Thanks also go to those local businesses who have provided sponsorship and Boston Town Area Committee for their support.

Councillor Tracey Abbott, Portfolio Holder for Town Centre, said: “I’m delighted to see the Christmas Market return this year, it’s such an important event for the town and whilst there are some inevitable changes, I know it’ll be a huge success. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported us so far and all those who will be supporting the event on the big day, it wouldn’t be possible to deliver this beloved event without them.”

Councillor Paul Goodale, Chairman of the Boston Town Area Committee, added: “We’re very pleased to be supporting the Christmas Market and light switch on once again. It’s one of, if not, the biggest events in Boston’s calendar and I look forward to what I’m sure will be a wonderful day.”

Photo credit – Electric Egg