Ellis Karran

Local News Reporter

Journalism graduate from Sheffield Hallam University with a love for music, cheese and 00s British sitcoms

The countdown to Christmas is on! Advent calendars are being opened, presents are being bought, decorations have been put up, and some in Lincolnshire have gone that extra mile with festive lights.

A huge part of the Christmas festivities is putting up Christmas decorations, and while some may opt for a more reserved fit-out, others light up their street both literally and emotionally.

Here is a look at some of Lincolnshire’s most incredible and imaginative Christmas decorations, from a giant Santa the size of a house to a grotto with a sleigh and 31 trees surrounding it.

Moor Park – Ruskington

What could possibly be better than one house going all out with decorations? Well, three of course!

In the corner of Moor Park in Ruskington you can find this illuminated winter wonderland, boasting Santa inflatables, light-up candy canes and warm festive messages.

Elmtree Road – Ruskington

This family on Elmtree Road in Ruskington are pulling out all the stops this festive season! | Photo: The Lincolnite

How this family have managed to fit this many decorations into one place I will never know, but regardless of that, seeing it made my jaw drop.

Many people pay a visit to the house on Elmtree Road in Ruskington just to see the lights in person, and trust me as I speak from experience, it’s worth it.

Sheldrake Street – Sleaford

It’s a community thing on Sheldrake Street in Sleaford, as multiple houses have collectively decorated their homes to create a wonderful festive corner for passers-by.

There are illuminated animals, trees wrapped in white lights, and there’s even a Santa Stop Here sign being projected onto one of the house’s walls.

Alma Avenue – Skegness

An incredible Santa’s Grotto in Skegness. | Photo: Adrian Dawes

Adrian Dawes has created a winter wonderland at his home on Alma Avenue, with Santa and his sleigh surrounded by 31 Christmas trees and 15,000 lights.

It is all in aid of Skegness RNLI, with the lights on every night between 4.30pm and 10pm until January 2, and Santa available to meet and greet the kids on weekends.

High Street – Walcott

Spirits are high in Walcott! | Photo: Lindsay Knight

An imaginatively decorated home! Lindsay Knight on Walcott High Street has used fairy lights on her shed and the front of the home, as well as various festive characters.

Inflatable Santa Claus can be found both outside the front door and on the shed, as well as a glow-up inflatable tree and an igloo, guarded by a penguin.

Meadow Lane – North Hykeham

Peter Clare’s family in North Hykeham have become somewhat famous in their local community for their annual Christmas lights switch-on, and this year was no different.

The Lincolnite wrote a feature about this year’s decorations, a yearly tradition done by the Clare family for decades, containing a six foot reindeer, floor lights, polar bears and more.

Big Santa in Skegness

Now that is one BIG Santa. | Photo: Jessica Thorpe

Surely the award for the biggest Father Christmas in Lincolnshire has to go to Jessica Thorpe in Skegness, whose inflatable Santa decoration is almost as tall as her house!

Alongside Santa is a much smaller inflatable elf, and a small snowman stood at the door, which sits between an inflatable candy cane-style entrance.

Ancaster Drive – Sleaford

A house on Ancaster Drive has a Nativity scene as part of its decorations. | Photo: Kay Thomson

Andy and Joy Wood on Ancaster Drive in Sleaford have paid homage to the story origin of Christmas with their decorations, creating a Nativity scene.

As well as this, there are light up animals all over their garden, and festive illuminations for all to see.

Westbeck – Ruskington

Santa’s Blotto! | Photo: Susan Kilburn

Perhaps the most inventive of them all, Susan Kilburn has created a tongue-in-cheek version of Santa’s Grotto, showing Father Christmas and a reindeer getting merry.

Santa’s Blotto, on Westbeck in Ruskington, gives us a side to Father Christmas we potentially don’t see all that often, enjoying a mulled wine or two!

A delivery driver was reportedly the victim of a racially aggravated assault on Grimsby Road in Cleethorpes.

It is alleged that three men approached a delivery driver at around 8.20pm on Thursday, December 2, between the Lestrange Street and Bramhall Street junction.

One of the men is believed to have assaulted the victim.

The incident caused the delivery driver to fall to the ground and fracture his hand and wrist.

The suspect has been described as white, between the ages of 20 and 25, and around 5’9″ tall, clean shaven and wearing dark clothing.

Humberside Police are investigating.

If anyone has any information about the incident, was a witness of it, or may be able to identify the suspect based on his description, call Humberside Police officers on 101 and quote incident number 16/118615/21.

British Cycling has announced its calendar of events for the 2022 National Road Series, including the popular Lincoln Grand Prix.

The Lincoln Grand Prix will be opening the season on Sunday, May 8 for both the women’s and men’s National Road Race categories, after being the last leg of the 2021 season this October.

It is a welcome relief to see the Lincoln Grand Prix taking place once again, after the event was sent into disarray by the coronavirus pandemic, prompting the 2020 race to be cancelled.

In the 2021 Lincoln race, Ben Swift retained his national title in the mens event and Pfeiffer Georgi won the elite women’s race. See the weekend in pictures here.

Ben Swift (centre) won the men’s elite race with Fred Wright (left) and Ethan Hayter (right) finishing second and third respectively. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The 2022 season will be contested over eight rounds for the women and seven for the men, including a first national series event for women at the Isle of Man.

Equal prize money will be on offer in both the men’s and women’s series, as has been the case since 2017. More details on the 2022 championships will be published in due course.

| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

British Cycling Head of Sport and Major Events, Jonathan Day, said: “I’m really pleased to publish the 2022 road and circuit calendars today, and want to express our deepest thanks to the event organisers for their ongoing support through what has been a really challenging period for the sport.

“It’s brilliant news that we’re able to welcome back a number of races which haven’t been able to take place in the past two seasons, including some mainstays of the calendar, and we’re determined to give our teams and riders the best possible platform to develop and grow from.”

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