This Saturday // Scunthorpe Christmas Light Switch On & Family Fun Day

To kickstart Christmas in Scunthorpe, a Festive Family Day is being held in the town centre on Saturday 27 November. It won’t be the usual stage and fireworks in Church Square as the area is still undergoing a transformation into an urban garden.

There will be free family entertainment and activities throughout the day.


In the town centre

On Cole Street and Foundry Square you will find live entertainment to get you in the festive spirit including:

  • Performance from Rachel Day
  • Festive jazz music by Mark Ellis
  • Performance from Brandon Hunt
  • Barton Community Brass Band
  • Meet the festive unicorn and dragon
  • Ice Queen, Dream a Little Dream by Sarah Stones will be performing
  • Bubble Ray, multiple Guinness World Record soap bubble professional
  • Scunthorpe Cadets Band

Keep a look out for Jack Frost street performers, Bumble Bee and Optimus Prime who will meet and greet shoppers.

Step into free festive activities including a snow globe, ice blizzard and Rodeo Reindeer.

The Christmas lights will be switched on around 4.30pm.

Santa’s Grotto

Santa will make his way to his grotto at St John’s Market at 10am, make sure to give him a wave as he goes by. You will be able to meet Santa’s reindeer in Foundry Square at 12 noon.

Santa’s Grotto will open on 27 November from 10.30am to 4pm. It costs £7 per person; there is no need to book just turn up.

Children will go on a magical journey, where they can step into the world of Narnia, through the magical wardrobe into the woods, where they will be greeted by Santa.

Popular pantomime star, Annie Fanny and other cast members will be there to welcome Santa to his grotto.

The grotto within St Johns Market will then open daily from 10am until 4pm every Tuesday to Saturday throughout Christmas (closed Sundays and Mondays). See the markets Facebook page for further details

Children’s festive trail

To celebrate the launch of the new free children’s festive trail, every child will receive a free glitter tattoo from St John’s Market on 27 November between 10am and 4pm. Simply find the 10 safari animal posters located in and around the town and scan the QR codes. The trail will run until 6 January. Start the trail by going to

Santa has a spot on his sleigh team for one year only and the whole of the animal world can audition for the part. It’s up to you to help Santa choose who gets it!

You’ll need to visit all 10 cute Christmas animals before you can vote. Simply scan the QR codes to collect digital stamps, learn the story and take selfies with them in augmented reality.

To take part simply:

  • Visit the website to see the trail map.
  • Visit the Christmas hopefuls one by one, in any order.
  • Scan each of their unique QR codes with your smartphone, learn more of the story and take a selfie with them.
  • When you’ve found them all, download your free e-book to learn who wins and the conclusion of the story.


Scunthorpe Foodfest


Scunthorpe FoodFest is returning to the town centre on Scunthorpe High Street. Sample a range of local produce and festive treats.

Ashby Market FoodFest

FRIDAY, 10 DECEMBER 2021 FROM 12:00-20:00

Winterton Food Fest (Light Switch On)

FRIDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2021 FROM 16:00-20:00

Virtual Christmas Market 

The North Lincolnshire Virtual Christmas Market is back – shop safe and shop local. Last year’s virtual market was so successful in linking crafters and small businesses up with customers, it has returned for a second year. With everything from hand painted scarves and handmade soaps to Christmas Eve boxes and pet toys, there is no better way of finding an unusual or unique gift. Hosted on Facebook, all businesses have to be North Lincolnshire-based, so every purchase helps local people and the local economy. Visit the market at groups/nlvirtualxmasmarket.


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