Enjoy an Eventful Sleaford this Christmas

Markets, music merriment and a modicum of mayhem – Sleaford’s got it all this December!

Enjoy an Eventful Sleaford this Christmas: Shop local this Christmas and into the New Year

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For an enjoyable and safe experience shopping, eating, relaxing and soaking up the Christmas spirit.

There’s so much happening in Sleaford this Christmas and here’s a guide to help you make the most of it.

There’s Sleaford Town Council’s ’12 Market Days of Christmas’, with music and street performers adding to the atmosphere, a packed programme of creativity at the Hub, special events and activities arranged by enthusiastic traders – notably at Millstream Square and Bristol Arcade – and loads more besides.

Bringing all this together to showcase an Eventful Sleaford at Christmas, the District Council is making good use of the Government’s Welcome Back Fund; helping to promote the many exciting events taking place and delivering a safe and welcoming environment for businesses, customers and visitors to enjoy.

Christmas Events

Sleaford Town Council’s ’12 Market Days of Christmas’ are on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays from 27 November to 20 December 2021.

Highlights of Sleaford Town Council’s programme of entertainment:

  • Saturdays, Nov 27, Dec 4, 11 & 18
    Party Workshops stilt walkers and street performers, 10.30am to 1.30pm, across the town centre
  • Saturdays, Nov 27, Dec 4, 11 & 18
    Heroes Assemble Marvel characters’ walkabout
  • Mondays, Nov 29, Dec 6, 13 & 20
    Keith Collishaw, 1pm to 2pm, in Market Place
  • Most market days
    Riverside Ukelele Band, 10.30/ 11am, in Market Place
  • Friday, Dec 10
    Acoustic busk, 11am, in Market Place
  • Saturday, Dec 18
    Lincolnshire Vocal Academy, 11am & 1pm, in Market Place
  • Saturday, Dec 18
    Band from County Hell, in Market Place
Heroes Assemble
Band from County Hell

Every day has something extra special happening, but the most Eventful days are:

Saturday December 4

  • Small Business Saturday – many shops offering discounts
  • Farmers’ Market, 7.30am to 3pm
  • The Hub’s contemporary craft market – 12 selected makers selling exquisite crafted gifts, 10am to 5pm
  • Millstream pop-up Market – start-up businesses and food stalls
  • Live music and theatre performances – including William Alvey pupils at 10.30am in Market Place

Business that are participating in this year’s Small Business Saturday include:

  • SJB uniforms – 20% of all work wear range
  • Navigation House – sale on selected items in the shop
  • Cogglesford Watermill – free hot drink when you mention Small Business Saturday
  • Sleaford Sausage Shop – 5% discount on all sausages
  • Pet shop girls – free cat or dog treats if you spend over £10
  • Glitz and Glamour Boutique – 15% off in store
  • Lorraine’s Childrens Wear – 10% Christmas stock in store
  • Souls Boutique – 10% off any purchase over £90
  • Beautifully Handmade Gifts – 10% discount on the bamboo wooden ducks from Ducks ‘n’ stuff.

Saturday, December 11

  • Bristol Arcade and Millstream Square – Christmas Special, Santa’s Grotto and entertainment, live music, brass band, choir, craft and food stalls
  • Town Market, 7.30am to 3pm
  • Craft workshops at the Hub, pre-booking required
  • Rainbow Stars Christmas Fayre at Solo Bar
  • St Denys – Sleaford Concert Band, 7pm
  • Marvel character walk-about, stilt walker and street performers
  • Live music and theatre performances

Saturday, December 18

  • Santa & Sleigh – All day, in Market Place
  • Band from County Hell – 2pm, in Market Place
  • Sleaford Town Council Market – Special Event with the Band From County Hell and Santa’s Sleigh
  • Craft workshops at the Hub, drop-in for ages 8+, 11am to 3pm
  • St Denys – Sleaford Choral Society concert 7:30pm
  • Marvel character walk-about, stilt walker and street performers
  • Live music performances – including Lincolnshire Vocal Academy at 11am in Market Place

There are also two trails – a Snowman Trail and an Elf Trail – to draw you around the town centre in search of clues, with prizes for all. Look out for details in shops.


Christmas Events – full listings

Thursday 25 November

  • Late Night Shopping, 4pm-7pm

Friday 26 November

  • Christmas Markets in the Market Place, 7:30am-3pm and Millstream Square, 10am-3pm
  • Christmas Lights switch-on in the Market Place at 4pm

Saturday 27 November

  • Christmas Markets in the Market Place, 7:30am-3pm and Millstream Square, 10am-3pm
  • Christmas Tree Festival (Sleaford Methodist Church) 10am-4pm
  • Workshops at the Hub:
    • Needle Felting workshop, 10am-3pm
    • Demonstration by Sleaford Embroiderers, 11am-3pm

Sunday 28 November

  • Christmas Tree Festival (Sleaford Methodist Church), 11am-5pm
  • Advent Carol Service (St. Denys Church)

Monday 29 November

  • Christmas Market (Market Place) 7:30am-3pm

Wednesday 1 December

Thursday 2 December

Friday 3 December

  • Christmas Markets in the Market Place, 7:30am-3pm and Millstream Square, 10am-3pm
  • The Snow Queen (Sleaford Little Theatre)

Saturday 4 December

  • Small Business Saturday
  • Farmers’ Market and Christmas Market (Market Place) 7:30am-3pm
  • The Snow Queen (Sleaford Little Theatre)
  • Shopping at the Hub:
    • ‘Contemporary Christmas’ Pop-Up Market
    • Crafted East Midlands Selling Exhibition, 10am-5pm
  • Pop-Up Market (Millstream Square)
  • Milling Day at Heckington Windmill

Sunday 5 December

Monday 6 December

  • Christmas Market (Market Place), 7:30am-3pm

Wednesday 08 December

Wednesday 08 December

Friday 10 December

  • Christmas Markets in the Market Place, 7:30am-3pm and Millstream Square, 10am-3pm
  • The Snow Queen (Sleaford Little Theatre)

Saturday 11 December

  • Christmas Market (Market Place), 7:30am-3pm
  • Santa, Entertainment and Shopping (Millstream Square and Bristol Arcade), 10am-3pm
  • The Snow Queen (Sleaford Little Theatre)
  • Rainbow Stars Christmas Fayre (Solo Bar)
  • Christmas Concert (St Denys’ Church)

Sunday 12 December

  • Festive Milling (Cogglesford Watermill) 12pm-4pm

Monday 13 December

  • Christmas Market (Market Place), 7:30am-3pm

Friday 17 December

  • Christmas Market (Market Place), 7:30am-3pm

Saturday 18 December

  • Special Christmas Market with entertainment and Santa (Market Place), 7:30am-3pm
  • Lincolnshire Vocal Academy, 11am & 1pm (Market Place)
  • Band from County Hell (Market Place)
  • Christmas Concert (St Denys’ Church, 7:30pm)
  • Miller Magic Big Band, 7pm (Masonic Rooms)
  • Workshops at the Hub:
    • Embroidered Felt Christmas Decorations, 11am-3pm
    • Balsa Wood Brooch or Badge, 11am-3pm
    • Block Printed Gift Tags & Cards,11am-3pm

Sunday 19 December

  • Carol Service (St Denys’ Church)

Monday 20 December

  • Christmas Market (Market Place), 7:30am-3pm

Friday 24 December

  • Crib Service with Christingle (St Denys’ Church)
  • Midnight Service (St Denys Church)

Many venues, shops and traders respectfully request the continuation of some Covid measures, in order to show consideration of others and promote everyone’s comfort and safety.

Sleaford riverside in the snow
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