Market Rasen Market Place closure for lights and tree

This coming week will see Market Rasen begin to sparkle for Christmas.

Market Rasen Christmas Tree last year EMN-201124-074530001

The high street lights, which will run along the fronts of the businesses in Queen Street, will begin to be put up this weekend.

Next Wednesday will see the town’s main Christmas tree being put up, along with the market place lights.

To make sure the market place is clear of cars, it will be closed for parking from 4pm the day before, Tuesday December 1 to make sure social distancing by the volunteers can be fully observed.

Community Manager at Market Rasen Town Council, Faye Lambkin-Smith, said: “The Town Council fully understands how inconvenient this may be to those that regularly park their vehicles on the Market Place, either as a shop owner, resident or a visitor to the town, but the safety of all personnel is paramount.

“Your help and assistance is much appreciated.”

As always, it will be members of the Market Rasen Children’s Christmas Tree committee who will be providing and putting up the tree in the market place.

Also, next week’s volunteers from the Town Partnership Group will be putting up small Christmas trees above businesses along the main street - all helping to Light Up Rasen for Christmas.

Although the town’s Christmas market has been cancelled, chairman of the partnership, Stephen Bunney said Rasen would still be bright this Christmas time.

He said: “This weekend and during next week festoons of lights and Christmas trees will be installed along the main streets and Market Place.

“Everything erected will be attached to existing brackets etc and so no damage will be done to the buildings.

“For the first time, there will also be Christmas Trees at ‘Rhodes’ cross roads and De Aston Field.

“In this ‘green’ era of a biodiversity, environment friendly society where the issues of climate change are a major concern, the Town Partnership, in association with Market Rasen Rotary Club and Market Rasen Town Council, will be planting around 1000 trees and hedging plants - at De Aston Field, the new Sports Centre and other residential areas - to help offset the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions of the Christmas Lights.

There is also still time to sign up to be part of the Living Advent calendar in Market Rasen, organised by MRAG (Market Rasen Action group).

Chairman Julie Lambie said: “We’re seeing lots of people posting lovely photos of their Christmas Garden Decorations on social media and we would love to have them 
involved in the calendar.

“We need just a few more homes to take part, so why not showcase your wonderful Christmas Illuminations to the public, spreading some joy and happiness in a time where we all need a bit of cheering up.

“Let’s make this the brightest festoons Market Rasen has ever seen.”

To find out more about the living calendar or to sign up to take part, message Julie through the Market Rasen Action Group News Facebook page or email [email protected]