July 30, 2020 1.52 pm This story is over 40 months old

Boston Christmas market gets funding boost from COVID cancelled events

Plans for a four-day event this year

Boston Christmas Market is still set to go ahead, with funds from 2020 events cancelled by COVID-19 ploughed into it.

According to a report before Boston Town Area Committee, the plan is for a four-day event.

Under the current plans, unspent money would increase the Christmas budget from £14,500 to £22,000.

The plan would be to hold a four-day event in the Bargate Green car park starting on the day of the Christmas Lights Switch On and would include alpine wooden huts, a small fairground ride, live music and a food and drink area.

Some £2,000 of the budget would be used to retest lighting columns ready for the next two events seasons.

A further £13,500 unspent budget could also be used to create an “illuminated fire farden” in partnership with public arts organisation Transported.

Photo: Boston Borough Council

And some £5,500 could be used to project a show called “Letters to Santa” onto a town building.

Instead of a parade residents, will be asked to display a non-flammable candle in their window while 1,620 lanterns will be placed in various locations around the town.

The officers have planned for a second COVID-19 outbreak and if the event does not go ahead, bookings would be able to transfer to 2021.

As part of the same document, the authority’s events team has also proposed a new four-day event to be held between July 1-4, 2021.

It could incorporate both Boston Bike Night and a classic car show.

July 24, 2021 will also see an attempt at restarting Party in the Park which was due to be held this summer, but was cancelled along with other events due to COVID-19.

A series of options and budgets from £41,500 to £43,500, to be discussed will see the weekend start with Boston Bike Night and incorporating the cancelled attempt at restarting the old Party in the Park event.