December 18, 2012 10.58 am This story is over 131 months old

Top things to do in Lincoln over Christmas

Things to do: We take a look at the best Christmassy events in Lincoln this holiday period, including family-friendly events, pantos and carol services.

We take a look at the best Christmassy events in Lincoln this holiday period, including family friendly events, pantos and carol services.

Santa’s Grotto at the Swedish market

Santa’s Grotto is part of the Swedish Christmas Market at St Marks Shopping Centre, and runs until December 23, 10.30am to 8pm. It will tell the story of Christmas in Sweden through the eyes of a Swedish wood mouse named Gustav. Each child will receive a Swedish winter warmer, either Rosehip or Blueberry soup, and three gifts as well as visiting Father Christmas, Mother Christmas and their helpers.

Lincoln Big Advent Calendar

Businesses across Lincoln will be displaying an advent box in their store, and each day one person will win £50 of prizes from the business revealing their box on that day. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is to guess what’s in the box. See the participating stores. At the end of advent everyone who took part will be entered into the grand prize draw.

Advent Christmas Service

Lincoln Cathedral is holding a carol service on December 20 at 2.30pm, from Lincoln Minster School, which will be free to attend and open to the public. More info.

Peter Pan

Lincoln Drill Hall‘s panto this year is the enchanting tale of J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. This thrilling and traditional production will captivate all ages with special effects, scenery and a good helping of fairy dust. Starring Robert Rooney as Peter, the show runs through to January 5. Ticket info.

The Night Before Christmas

Lincoln Drill Hall is also putting on a story which will remind people of the true meaning of Christmas between the 21st and 22. They tried this show out at the last-minute last year, and feel it deserves a second outing. Ticket info.

The Wizard of Oz

LPAC is showcasing until December 24 a production performed by the graduating students of Lincoln School of Performing Arts. It features popular songs from the classic MGM musical, including We’re Off To See The Wizard and Over The Rainbow. It’s sure to be a wonderful festive treat for all the family. Ticket info.

Dick Whittington

Lincoln Theatre Royal‘s panto runs until January 13, starring Lincoln’s adopted sons Cannon and Ball. Tommy and Bobby will be appearing as Captain and First Mate and are returning to Lincoln for a fourth year as they celebrate 50 years of performing – the longest-serving double act in showbiz. Ticket info.

Christmas Eve Carol Service

Lincoln Cathedral is running several special services and a carol service on December 24, from 7.30am to 11.30pm. Entry is free to the carol service from 4pm. Day’s schedule.

Toy and Train Fair

The Lincolnshire Showground is holding a toy and train fair on December 23, where a variety model trains will be on display. Opening times are 10am to 3pm and entry costs £2.50 or £2 for concessions. More info.

Co-op Christmas Grotto

Up until Christmas Eve, at the Tritton Road Lincolnshire Co-op store, Santa will be seeing children. Tickets are £3 for non-members, and £2 for junior members and under 5’s. Opening times.

Christmas Club Warm Up

If you want to get your dancing shoes on this holiday season, Home is organising the Christmas warm up between the 21-23rd December, a three-part club night where 6 rooms of festive fun are on offer.