Grimsby Christmas events: Fairs, markets, concerts, pantos, parties and more
Christmas is fast approaching and there’s plenty going on in Grimsby and northern Lincolnshire to get you in the festive spirit.
Below you’ll find listings of various events including fairs, markets, concerts, pantos and parties which are taking place in the area over the next few weeks.
It will be updated when new events are announced. You can also tell us about anything not currently listed by commenting below or by e-mailing email@example.com
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1 Dec - 2 Dec
- Kickstart the festive season by heading to the annual Cleethorpes crib blessing.
It takes place at 11am on Saturday, December 1 outside St Peter’s Church, and is being hosted by Cleethorpes Churches Working Together.
Children from St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary Academy will be taking part.
The blessing of the crib, which is in the window of Robinson’s Interiors, will be carried out by the Reverend Paul Hunter.
There will be a procession to the window from the church as part of the proceedings.
- Fusion Youth Theatre will be presenting their adaptation of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.
The group will be performing the tale at the Grimsby Minster and the Grimsby Central Hall.
The story follows Clara who receives a very special present, a Nutcracker Soldier, one Christmas and as she falls asleep she enters an incredible dream where toys come alive and flowers dance.
The Nutcracker opens on Saturday December 1, 7.30pm for a preview at the Grimsby Minster before it moves to the main stage at the Grimsby Central Hall on Sunday December 2, 2.30pm & 7.30pm.
Tickets are £7 and £4, children under five are free, and can be bought from the Caxton Theatre Box Office 01472 346251 and the Central Hall Box Office 01472 355025.
- Grimsby’s You Can Sing Vocal Academy are bringing their Christmas Through the ’70s and ’80s show to Cleethorpes Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 1, from 7.30pm.
Members of the Glee-style singing group will perform festive tunes such as Last Christmas and War Is Over, as well as other pop hits, such Blame It On The Boogie, It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive and Holding Out For A Hero.
All tickets for the show cost £5 and under-fives go free.
Some seats may be available on the night, but book early to avoid disappointment.
For more, call 07960 582207 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grimsby and Cleethorpes Ladies’ Choir will perform festive favourites at their Christmas concert.
Special guests at the performance on Saturday, December 1 include the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
They are currently part of the eleventh best brass band in the world and have appeared on radio and TV numerous times. The choir and band will perform a mixed programme of Christmas and popular music, and you can also get involved because there will be the chance to participate.
The concert takes place at the Central Hall, in Duncombe Street, Grimsby, from 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 to £12. They can be obtained from the Central Hall box office by calling 01472 355025.
- Father Christmas will be the guest of honour at Nettleton Village Hall on Saturday, December 1.
He will be opening the Nettleton Joint Churches Christmas Bazaar – where you can view a wide range of gifts and crafts.
The event will be held from 2pm to 4pm and all proceeds are for Nettleton Parish Church and Nettleton Methodist Church.
- A Christmas fayre featuring various stalls is being held from 2pm on Saturday, December 1, at Greenacres Care Home, in Grimsby Road, Caistor.
- Humberston CofE School is hosting a Christmas fair on Saturday, December 1 from 11am to 1pm.
There will not only be all the usual stalls and raffle – but a chance to meet Father Christmas himself, too.
- There’ll be plenty of festive fun on offer at the Christmas craft fair at Great Limber, from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, December 1.
Craft stalls, tombola, cake stalls, mulled wine, jacket pots, soup, mince pies, raffle.
50p entrance. For more information call 01469 560930.
- Father Christmas will be bringing two of his reindeer to Alfords Garden Centre, this festive season.
The centre, opposite Morrisons in Grimsby Road, will hold a special Christmas weekend to open Santa’s grotto on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2.
And father Christmas is bringing two special little helpers – real live reindeer Prancer and Dancer.
Sadly, the reindeer can only appear this weekend at the opening of the grotto, due to training commitments in the North Pole.
However, there will be plenty more opportunities to visit Santa’s Grotto at the garden centre, every Saturday from 10am until 4pm and every day until Christmas from Thursday, December 20.
For further information, call the centre on 01472 871280.
- A Christmas Art Market will run over two days at The Ropewalk in Barton.
In previous years the market was held for just one day, but due to it’s popularity with 35 artists and crafts people selling their goodies, it will run from Saturday, December 1 till Sunday, December 2.
Lining the corridors of the venue will be stalls full of original hand-made gifts, cards, textiles, glass and artwork.
The Christmas Art Market will be open between 10am and 4pm on both days and admission is free.
- Louth Christmas Market takes place on Sunday, December 2 featuring Father Christmas, a festive local sausage and the official switch-on of new Christmas lights.
The event is being hosted for the first time by the Louth Town Partnership, supported by the town council’s official lights switch-on.
To celebrate his accolade as Lincolnshire’s Butcher of the Year 2012, Trevor Fairburn has promised a Christmas sausage with special ingredients known only to him and his staff.
The sausages will be on sale during the market and in the lead-up to Christmas.
There will be lots of stalls and entertainment throughout the day.
Father Christmas will visit with gifts from noon-3pm in the New Market Hall. For a small fee, children can have their photo taken with him.
- You better not pout, you better not cry as Santa will be making an early visit to Ludborough to collect Christmas wish lists on Sunday, December 2.
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is inviting both young and old to meet the man himself.
Steam trains will be running every hour from 10.45am to 3.45pm and a family runabout ticket for two adults and four children costs £18 which allows unlimited travel throughout the day.
Parking is free at Ludborough and the station has a gift shop and museum.
For more information call 01507 363881 or visit www.lincolnshirewoldsrailway.co.uk
3 Dec - 9 Dec
- Do you fancy taking the kids to meet Santa, learning how to make that perfect Christmas floral centre piece – and get some money off the shopping too?
Then get to Pennell’s garden centre on Tuesday, December 4, where from 5pm you can do all that and more, while raising money for local branches of Mind and the Motor Neurone Association.
Admission is £2 for adults or £1 for children. Visits to Santa – including a toy – are £5.
- The Grimsby and District Electronic Organ Society will hold its December Concert – Mince Pie Night – on Wednesday, December 5.
It will take place at the Cromwell Banqueting Suite, Kings Road, Cleethorpes.
Guest Organist will be Andrew Nix, and the music begins at 7.30pm.
Admission costs £8 for guests, £1 for members, with annual membership details on request.
Refreshments – including mince pies – are available, and there will be a raffle.
More information is available on 01472 316936.
- A beauty salon is helping make wishes come true this Christmas.
Staff at Beauty Barn, in Bargate, Grimsby, will be raffling a hamper of the finest creams and treatments worth £150 to raise money for When You Wish Upon A Star.
Tickets will be available at the salon’s shopping evening on Wednesday, December 5, from 4pm to 8pm.
Tickets will cost £1. For more, call 01472 357333.
- Parkway Cinema in Cleethorpes is hosting a festive musical spectacular with all the trimmings.
It’s Bloomin’ Christmas Again, the second annual Cleethorpes In Bloom Christmas Concert is taking place on Thursday, December 6.
The show will include performances of classic songs from the big West End musicals as well as rousing renditions of Christmas carols.
Returning for this year’s show are classical singers Leroy Vickers and Martin Jackson, and the Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes Band, while appearing for the first time are the Louth Male Voice Choir and 17-year-old soprano Jodie Watson.
Compere for the evening will be Compass FM presenter Richard Lyon.
Tickets for It’s Bloomin’ Christmas Again are £12.50 and £11.50 for concessions, and are available online at www.parkwaycinemas.co.uk, by calling on 01472 290100 or in person from the Parkway Cinema in Kings Road, Cleethorpes.
- Carols by Candlelight at the Grimsby Minster is on Thursday December 6, at 6pm in St James' Square. Entry is free.
- Christmas is coming early to Grimsby’s Abbeygate.
On Thursday, December 6, there will be entertainment from St Martin’s School Choir, Earth Bound Misfits, A&M Freedom Freestyle Dance Academy, celebrity guest appearances and a charity Christmas Wish Tree from 5pm to 7.30pm.
There will also be hot roast sandwiches, mulled wine and mince pies.
- Acclaimed West End actor James Hyland, brings his unique stage adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel to the Ropery Hall, Barton, in the run up to Christmas.
The production on Thursday, December 6, begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door. They can be booked online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, by phone on 01652 660380 or in person at Ropery Hall’s Craft Gallery. Parental discretion is advised for children under seven.
- TV’s ‘Queen of Clean’ Kim Woodburn takes the role of the Wicked Stepmother in this year’s blockbuster pantomime at the Grimsby Auditorium.
Be transported into the mystical, magical land of fairy godmothers, 2 very ugly sisters, a lovable Buttons to pull on your heart strings, a dashing prince and of course the beautiful Cinderella.
Watch as Cinderella is transformed into a dazzling princess before going to the ball. Along with the exquisite costumes, real ponies and a multitude of pulsating pop songs, you will not want to miss this year’s show.
Performances start on Friday, December 7 and continue until Boxing Day. Tickets are £16 for adults and £12.50 for children and concessions. To book call 0844 871 3016
- The Orpheus Male Voice Choir are joined by the Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes Band for an evening of seasonal entertainment on Saturday, December 8 at 7.30pm at Grimsby Central Hall.
Christmas is never complete without a selection box and this one will be full of musical delights. One layer will have choice numbers from the Orpheus’ repertoire; another will have some golden nuggets from the Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes Band, and there will be some tempting clusters as band and choir unite.
Tickets cost £10 for front circle, £8 for back circle and £6 for stalls. They can be bought from Central Hall box office, call 01472 355025.
- Caistor will be packed with festive cheer next weekend as the annual Christmas tree festival gets underway.
Organised by Caistor Parish Church, the event will take place from Friday, December 7, to Monday, December 10, at the Parish Church.
All proceeds are for the church and St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice.
For more information, call 01472 851001.
- The Caistor Christmas gift and food fair will take place on Saturday, December 8 from 10am to 4pm at Caistor Town Hall and Market Place. Festive food, hand-made jewellery, trees and decorations, meet Father Christmas, lots of crafty gifts, sweets and treats. For more details call 01472 851679.
- A Christmas spectacular will help get people on Grimsby’s West Marsh into the festive spirit.
The event is being held on Saturday, December 8 at West Marsh Community Centre, in Armstrong Street.
Children will have the chance to see Father Christmas from 11am to 4pm.
- A festive carol service will take place on the village green in Barnoldby-le-Beck at 6pm on Saturday, December 8.
All residents are invited to attend and are asked to bring a torch and wrap up warmly.
A collection will be taken for St Helen’s Church.
- Santa’s Saucy Sausage Festival is taking place on Sunday, December 9.
The event, which is being organised by Grimoldby Cricket Club, will take place at The Lancaster Inn, Grimoldby, from 10am to 3pm.
There will be stalls selling local crafts, beauty treats, candles and seasonal creations.
Other attractions will include a tombola, barbecue, mulled wine and mince pies.
10 Dec - 16 Dec
- The New County Choir will be performing their seasonal Christmas Concert at a new venue, Ropery Hall in Barton.
The Choir, under the direction of Richard Mabbott and with Peter Sproston on piano, will be performing Songs and Cries of London by Bob Chilcott, a vibrant and varied choral cantata in five movements which evoke a contemporary impression of London's sights, sounds, and moods. The music is irresistible, by turn contemplative and thrilling.
Members will also be performing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols which this year is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its first performance at Hereford.
Other seasonal items will also be performed and there will also be a bar and raffle.
The concert is being held on Saturday, December 15 starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and bought by phoning 01652 660380 or in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery.
- Join in the Traditional Family Christmas Carols event by The Grimsby Philharmonic Society at Central Hall.
The group is sure to get you in that festive, merry spirit as they share their talented vocals.
Some of the carols will be accompanied by Janet Fulton, on percussion, and Joan Date, on the piano, and they will be conducted by Susan Hollingworth.
There will also be two local and up-and-coming young soloists, Abigail Pocklington and Zoe Everatt, singing your favourites.
Traditional Family Christmas Carols will take place on Saturday, December 15, from 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £9 for front circle, £8 for back circle and £6 for stalls. They can be bought from Central Hall box office, call 01472 355025
17 Dec - 23 Dec
- The Salvation Army is holding the concert at St Peter’s Church in St Peter’s Avenue, Cleethorpes, on Wednesday, December 19, at 7pm.
- Party night, Christmas special, The Beachcomber, North Sea Lane, Cleethorpes, on Friday, December 21. Call 01472 812666 for more information.
- The critically acclaimed CentA Stage Theatre Company present a pantomime for all the family with Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs at Grimsby Central Hall on Saturday, December 22 at 7pm.
They blend the traditional storyline with hilarious different characters and sidelines including larger than life ‘dwarfs’. Add sidesplitting odd job men, an evil queen, a debonair hero, a simply divine Snow White, and this Christmas you have “the” pantomime for all the family.
Tickets are £7-£9 and are available from the Central Hall Box Office on 01472 355025.
Dance your way to Christmas in Caistor.
Singer songwriters Abi Moore and Edwina Hayes will perform at Caistor Sports and Social Club on Saturday, December 22, at 7.30pm.
Tickets for the Christmas concert cost £10 in advance and available from Neil on 07540 116967 or e-mail email@example.com
Santa's Christmas Party is heading to Cleethorpes.
Café Rock, on the Central Promenade, is hosting a Christmas party and Magic Show on Saturday, December 22, for children and families.
The ticket-only event will include a visit and a present from Santa for children and Nutty Normans festive Punch and Judy Magic show.
Two shows will be performed from 12pm to 1.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm.
All children must be accompanied by at least one ticket paying adult.
Ticket price includes refreshments; children’s party lunch box for a child ticket, and any hot drink and festive cakes with an adult ticket.
Tickets are available from Café Rock. Prices are £5.99 for a child and £2.99 for an adult. Spaces are limited so booking is essential.
Enjoy a Christmas choir show while enjoying punch and mince pies.
Grimsby Bach Choir Christmas Wassail is an annual festive treat and they will perform at the Grimsby Town Hall on Saturday, December 22.
The traditional ways include punch, mince pies and German Stollen served before the concert and during both intervals.
There will also be a raffle in the second interval and lots of singing from the choir and audience.
It takes place at 7.30pm and tickets are £12 and £6 for children under 16-years-old. All ages welcome except very small children.
Tickets are available by calling 01472 503611.