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!

Hospitals in Lincolnshire will benefit from more than £12 million of improvements thanks to a much-needed government funding boost.

Investments will see wards refurbished, new estates built and digital solutions updated, as part of the latest funding announcement from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The investment is made up of:

  • £5 million for two new laminar flow theatres at Grantham hospital
  • £3.3m to refurbish and expand the critical surgical wards at Boston and Grantham hospitals
  • £1.1 million towards the replacement of the digital cardiology system
  • £2.5m for an artificial intelligence solution to support triage and management of the patient waiting list
  • £600,000 for a digital solution to support the MSK pathway

Director of Finance and Digital at ULHT, Paul Matthew, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this additional funding, which we believe will have a huge impact upon the care that we can provide to our patients as well as supporting our valuable staff.

“On top of this, our healthcare system in Lincolnshire has been granted additional funds to establish a new Citizen Atrium, which will help us to work better with our patients to understand how they access support and guidance.

“We are now working up our plans for these developments and proposed timescales.”

The coronavirus pandemic has made people more appreciative of Christmas traditions, but also more weary of leaving the house for festivities, a study has found.

Research by Save the Children found that of 2,000 adults that took part, 53% believe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made them value Christmas traditions more than they realised.

Among the top traditions were, of course, watching festive films, giving and receiving presents and putting decorations up, but the standout leader was, naturally, eating Christmas dinner.

However, traditions such as going to a pantomime, shopping in-store and going out for drinks on Christmas Eve made Brits feel more uncomfortable than pre-pandemic times, according to this study.

It was also discovered that 41% of people believe the traditions they follow each year have changed over time, while 35% have adapted to be less materialistic, and 32% have altered for the sake of their children.

The study was commissioned to celebrate the tenth annual Christmas Jumper Day, taking place on Friday, December 10, which encourages everyone to wear a festive jumper and donate money to Save the Children and help disadvantaged kids across the globe.

To sign up for Christmas Jumper Day and register for an online fundraising pack, visit the Save the Children website.

Francesca Savage, Head of Christmas at Save The Children, said“For many of us, the traditions we take part in at Christmas are what make the festive period something we look forward to.  

“However, COVID-19 has meant that we’ve had to adapt and in doing so, people have swapped materialistic traditions for ones that bring joy to their children. 

“Whatever happens this year, we hope that the nation will join us in one of their top twenty beloved traditions of wearing a Christmas Jumper Day this Friday.  

“The  bolder and  brighter,  the better, to raise vital funds to help support Save the Children’s work in the UK and across the world.”

The British public’s favourite Christmas traditions, according to the Save the Children study, are:

  1. Christmas dinner
  2. Giving and receiving presents
  3. Putting the Christmas tree up
  4. Eating with the family on Christmas Day
  5. Putting up decorations
  6. Watching traditional festive films
  7. Eating turkey
  8. Listening to Christmas songs on the radio
  9. Sending Christmas cards
  10. Getting an advent calendar

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