Your Scunthorpe area guide to what's coming up for Christmas
In the coming weeks Scunthorpe will get well and truly into the festive spirit, having a calendar jam-packed with events – from a Christmas tree festival to a Victorian Christmas fun day. So whether you're looking for family fun, ways to celebrate the Christmas countdown with friends or just somewhere to do your shopping in style, the Scunthorpe district has it covered.
Scunthorpe Christmas Lights Switch On
Nothing says 'Christmas' quite like the warm glow of lights, so the festive switch on is not to be missed.
On November 22 watch Santa, the cast of local pantomime Aladdin and Lincs FM's Mascot Wilbur the Bear illuminate Scunthorpe's streets.
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The festivities kick off in Church Square at 2pm with a Christmas Inspiration Fair hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be live entertainment on stage from 5pm.
And why not make it extra special by heading to the Visual Arts Centre to craft a small lantern to shine on the day? The Festive Lanterns workshop runs from 4pm to 7.30pm.
North Lincolnshire Christmas Craft exhibition
There's no shortage of gifts available on the high street and online, but the perfect present might be closer to home.
At North Lincolnshire Christmas Craft exhibition, browse a variety of craft stalls selling one-of-a-kind gifts designed by local people.
The exhibition takes place on November 17, between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
Barton Christmas Festival
Christmas comes to Barton on November 24 with a festival celebrating all things festive.
The afternoon kicks off with a community parade led by Santa and his faithful reindeer at 3pm. Next is a Lantern Parade at 5pm, followed by a carol service led by Salvation Army.
And the icing on the Christmas cake – the tree lights will be switched on at 6pm.
There'll also be a chance to do some Christmas shopping at a range of craft and charity stalls, while the little ones enjoy rides and live entertainment.
Christmas wreath-making in Barton
Ensure your guests step into Christmas the moment they arrive at your door by hanging a traditional Christmas wreath.
On December 8 The Ropewalk will host a 'Christmas Wreaths with Alison Walling' workshop.
There you'll learn how to make heart-shaped, circular and star-shaped wreaths from willow, which can then be decorated with greenery and berries for the festive season.
Tickets for the session, which runs between 10.30am and 4.30pm, are £34/£30.
Scunthorpe Rotary Club Festival of Christmas Trees
Whether you're looking for some Christmas tree decoration inspiration or just somewhere to welcome the Yuletide season, this festival is not to be missed.
Marvel at more than 80 beautifully decorated trees and, for the first time this year, a display of Christmas wreaths.
There will also be live musical entertainment and festive refreshments on offer.
Held at Old Brumby United Church, Ashby Road, on December 1, 2, 8 and 9, this festival is sure to delight both old and young.
To find out more about the festival, hosted by the Rotary Club.
Midweek Christmas lunch at Normanby Hall
Christmas is about spending time with the people you love, but with hectic work schedules it can often be tricky to fit in get-togethers with everyone. So why not shake up the Christmas routine and enjoy a midweek Christmas lunch?
At Normanby Hall Country Park you can do just that. Be it with friends, extended family or work colleagues, book in to enjoy a two or three course Christmas Carvery Lunch.
Served on week days throughout December, this is the perfect way to get in the festive spirit and spend quality time with the people you care about.
A two course lunch with coffee and a mince pie is £16.50 per adult; £8.25 per child aged five to 11 and £5.25 per child aged under five.
A three course meal with coffee and a mince pie is £20 per adult; £10 per child aged five to 11 and £6.50 per child aged under five.
A Christmas Carol - As Told By Jacob Marley at Ropery Hall
A shake-up of Dickens' best-loved work comes to Scunthorpe in December, with a performance at Ropery Hall.
In celebration of the author's bicentenary, James Hyland brings you his award-winning production of 'A Christmas Carol – As told by Jacob Marley'.
Told from the perspective of Scrooge's deceased business partner, this acclaimed stage adaptation is bursting with thrills, chills and excitement.
A Christmas Carol - As Told By Jacob Marley arrives on December 6. Tickets are £10 or £12 on the door.
Victorian Christmas fun day event
Recreate the magic of a Victorian Christmas at North Lincolnshire Museum in Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, this winter.
In what promises to be a fun-filled day for all ages, on December 8 you can make period decorations and help deck a Victorian cottage.
There'll also be a Christmas raffle, and Santa himself will be on site!
Victorian Christmas will run from 10.30am until 3.30pm. There's no need to book, but the last chance to take part in activities is 2.45pm.
Christmas flowers in Brigg
Learn how to make a stunning festive floral arrangement this winter with a demonstration from Brigg & District Flower Society.
On November 27 Rosalind Walker from Driffield will lead a demonstration named 'Sparkling Christmas' at the Angel Suite.
For more information call 01652 650158.