Santa arrives in Northampton this weekend to herald Christmas countdown in town

Santa's grotto will be in Market Walk, Northampton, from this weekend
Santa's grotto will be in Market Walk, Northampton, from this weekend

Northampton’s Christmas countdown continues this weekend, with Father Christmas’ Grotto opening on Saturday November 26, and the first of two Frost Fairs following on Sunday November 27 at Northampton Market.

From Saturday, Father Christmas will be available for visits at his home in Market Walk from 12pm to 4.30pm every weekend until December 18, and then every day until December 23.

Girls and boys can pop in and say hello to Father Christmas for free or they can take a present home for just £5 each. You can drop in at the grotto on open days or plan your visit ahead of time by booking your slot online.

On Sunday November 27, between 11am and 4pm, Northampton Market will welcome more than 70 stalls including a bar offering beer, proscecco and warming mulled wine and cider, and festive foods stalls selling favourites like mince pies and yule log.

There will also be a number of local businesses and crafts people sharing their produce and gift ideas such as flowers, wreaths, bath bombs and soaps, framed pictures and jewellery. Many of the Local Producers’ Market regulars will also be in attendance, these include Saxby’s cider, The Good Loaf, Donnalulu Cooks, Fleurfield Vinyards and Brown’s Gourmet Sausages.

Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, Cllr Anna King, said “Our Christmas programme for 2016 offers many fantastic family-friendly activities for residents and this coming weekend is no exception.

“We hope that the grotto and Frost Fairs continues to attract people into the town centre, as our Christmas light switch on did last weekend, to enjoy what our local traders, crafts people and surrounding shops and restaurants have to offer.”

For more information about Northampton’s Christmas activities and to book slots to visit Father Christmas in his Grotto, please visit www.lovenorthampton.co.uk/love-northampton/christmas