The 2019 Scunthorpe Christmas Lights Switch On is taking place on Saturday 30 November throughout the town centre.
The all-day event will start at 10am and residents are invited to help kick-start the magical Christmas festivities in North Lincolnshire.
Viking FM’s presenters Alex and Ellie will host the lights switch-on in Church Square from 3.30pm with entertainment from ‘The Ed Team’, a highly authentic tribute to Ed Sheeran and local singer-songwriters Chloey Rose and Rachel Makena – plus a children’s entertainer.
The lights will be switched on at 5pm by the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Cllr Jonathan Evison and popular pantomime dame Annie Fanny. The sky will then be lit up with a spectacular firework display.
New for this year’s switch-on event is FoodFest, a festive food market along Scunthorpe High Street, offering a wide range of hot food and local produce from 11am to 7pm. Stalls include hog roast, yorkshire pudding wraps, crepes, donuts, barbecue sausages and bacon, and cakes.
This follows the huge success of the first ever FoodFest that was held in Crowle at the beginning of the month.
In Church Square, there will be fairground rides and a giant snow globe can be found between Scunthorpe Central and Oldrids where families can have their photo taken. There will also be a craft and gift market on the High Street.
20-21 Visual Arts Centre will be running festive-themed craft activities for families to get involved in.
At the Engineering UTC, students will be demonstrating the lathe machines by making small Christmas trees; the engineering teacher will be using the lathe machines to produce 3D Christmas trees that people can construct themselves; and people can get involved in a STEM activity.
Father Christmas will be paying a special visit to Scunthorpe and you’ll find him in his grotto in Oldrids department store on Saturdays from 30 November and The Foundry on Sundays from 1 December in the run up to Christmas, supported by Scunthorpe Lions Club.
At the grottos, children will be able to post a letter to Santa. A personal letter replying will be available for collection two days later.
In The Foundry, Viking FM will be there from 2pm and will switch their lights on at 4pm. The Foundry will be looking after Father Christmas’ reindeer in the afternoon, which families can go and see.
The Christmas fun will continue in The Parishes with face painting, Christmas stilt walkers, a Gingerbread Man mascot, Disney Frozen characters, Elsa and Olaf, a Christmas LED hula hoop act and an ‘Elf on the Shelf’ trail.
Pop-up stalls available on ‘Christmas Street’ at St John’s Market in Scunthorpe
Over the Christmas period, businesses can have a pop-up stall at St John’s Market in Scunthorpe on its ‘Christmas Street’ until the end of January 2020.
The stalls are available on short term lets on a month by month basis from now until the end of January, with the opportunity to extend to a longer term licence.
The ‘Christmas Street’ will complement what is already available at St John’s Market – unique gift ideas that you can’t find on the High Street.
Whether its arts and crafts, clothing, food, gifts, footwear or an activity provider, businesses are encouraged to take up a pop-up stall and take advantage of the Christmas footfall.
Businesses interested in having a pop-stall should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stall prices start from £52 a week for retail and £89 a week for food court units. With unit sizes ranging from 9m2 to 15m2.
Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for place shaping at North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“This is a brilliant opportunity for a retail or food business to ‘try before they buy’ at St John’s Market. Located right next to the bus station and multi-storey car park, the market is the ideal location for businesses. If St John’s Market is the right fit, there will be the chance for businesses to open up a permanent stall.
“We are looking for a whole range of businesses to take up a pop-up stall to complement the existing offer. The market will have a real festive feel, which will enhance the whole shopping experience. If you’re interested in taking up a stall, get in touch with the market team.
“The market is going from strength to strength since it opened in March this year. More recently we have had new stalls open – helping put St John’s Market on the map as a prime shopping destination in North Lincolnshire.”
In the run up to Christmas, St John’s Market will have extended opening hours including:
- Sunday 22 December from 10am to 4pm
- Monday 23 December from 7.30am to 5pm
- Christmas Eve from 7am to 3pm
It will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.