There is so much going on across Lincoln in the run up to Christmas. Here’s our round up of family friendly activities – and where to see Santa too!


Saturday 12th December onwards

Santa at Pennells Garden Centre

See Santa in his grotto from 10am to 4.30pm every day. He will be away from his grotto for half an hour for his lunch each day.No booking is required but please be aware that there may be a long queue – weekdays are always quieter.The cost is £6.95 per child which includes a present.

 Saturday 12th December

Hartbeeps Magic Sprinkles Christmas Party, The Ark, North Hykeham

11.30am prewalkers and young toddlers

1.30pm babies from birth to sitting

  • 3pm toddlers to 4 years and younger siblings

45 min party, goody bag for each child, colouring competition, gingerbread decoration and more…

£10 per child/£6 siblings

To book email

Saturday 12th December

Bransby Horses Christmas Fayre

1pm to 4pm. Free entry, Santa’s grotto, Christmas stalls, mulled wine and mince pies.

Saturday 12th December

I’ve Seen Santa! Terry O Toole Theatre, North Hykeham 12noon & 3.00pm
A festive treat based on the children’s book by David Bedford, illustrated by Tim Warnes
Age Guide: 3 years+
Tickets: £7.50 Family Ticket [4 seats] £24.00

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th  December

Christmas in the Hall, Doddington Hall, 10am to 4pm

You can pre-book your tickets now to visit Father Christmas in the traditional setting of the Great Hall and delight in seeing the historic building decorated for the festive season. With your pre-booked, timed, child ticket you will secure your spot to visit Father Christmas, receive a sweet Christmas treat and gain entry to the Hall and the Gardens. ALSO bring your letter to Santa with you and give it to his helpful elf (enclosed with a self-addressed stamped envelope) and he will write back to you!

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December

Santa at The Collection, Danesgate, 11am to 3pm

VIsit Santa in his Grotto! Tickets are just £3.50 and the Grotto is open 11am – 3pm in our Stokes Cafe.
Call 01522 523 548 for further information

Sunday 13th December

Santa Specials, North Scarle Playing Field 2pm to 4pm

Train rides, meet Santa, gift for every child. £2 per person.

Sunday 13th December

A Crackin Christmas Celebration, Whisby Nature Park 10am to 4pm

Festive fun for all the family! Live entertainment, local crafters and artists market, mini food fayre plus much more! There will also be craft activities and face painting for little ones.. there might also be a special visit from Santa too.

Saturday 12th December onwards

Santa at The Waterside

11am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday, 10am to 4pm, Sunday

Santa Claus is swapping the North Pole for the Waterside in December and he’s bringing a very big sack of Christmas gifts with him! Father Christmas will be giving every child who visits him a very special present and will even pose for photos! Don’t miss out on giving your child a magical experience in the build up to Christmas Day. Entrance Fee: £4.50

Thursday 17th December

Lincoln Christmas Lantern Parade, 6pm

Join a wonderfully festive lantern parade through Lincoln ending with a traditional nativity play in Castle Square.

The children of Westgate Academy will lead the parade of paper lanterns from Lincoln Cornhill (6pm) up Steep Hill to Castle Square.

Follow the parade – and bring lanterns of your own – and enjoy a rendition of the Christmas story between the iconic Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.

For more information see

Thursday 17th December

Santa’s Christmas Cracker

Lincoln Theatre Royal 10.30am & 1.00pm

A fun, festive, song-filled show, with a free gift from Father Christmas for every child!

(01522) 519999

 Thursday 17th December – Saturday 19th December

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Terry O Toole Theatre
Thursday 17th December 7.00pm
Friday 18th December 7.00pm
Saturday 19th December 2.30pm & 7.00pm
A Christmas treat for all the family!
Bah! Humbug! Miserly skinflint, Ebenezer Scrooge gets his come-uppance and learns the true meaning of Christmas in Charles Dickens’ heart-warming festive ghost story!
Featuring Victorian street stalls and your favourite carols!
Age Guide: 5 years+
Tickets: £8.50 Concessions: £7.50 Child: £6 Family [4 seats]: £26.00

Sunday 20th December

Santa Specials, North Scarle Playing Field 2pm to 4pm

Train rides, meet Santa, gift for every child. £2 per person.

Monday 21st December

Music with Mummy Christmas Party, Skellingthorpe Community Centre

9.30 Jolly Babies

11.00 All ages up to 7 except Jolly Babies

12.30 Jolly Babies

2.00 All ages up to 7 except Jolly Babies

Includes festive refreshments, present for each child

£6 per child, adults free. To book call Elaine on 07717 758485.




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