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Get ready for Christmas – Driffield festive plans are revealed

With the most wonderful time of the year just around the corner, Driffield Town Council has announced a series of events to welcome the festive season to the Capital of the Wolds.

Christmas arrives in Driffield on Friday 2nd December with Christmas Festival Friday from 5-8pm.
The much-anticipated Christmas light switch-on will be conducted by the Mayor of Driffield, Councillor Mark Blakeston, at 7pm on Market Place, hosted by Great Driffield Radio.

There will be plenty of festive fun to occupy all ages on Middle Street South, with illuminated tractors, Christmas street entertainment, food outlets, music, a snow machine, Father Christmas’ grotto, heavy horses, children’s Christmas craft sessions and music.

Shops and businesses throughout the town will also be encouraged to stay open later than normal to take advantage of the increased footfall.

The following road closures will be in place between 3pm and 9pm:

  • Market Place to the Exchange Street junction with Eastgate North/South
  • Market Place to the junction of Cranwell Road
  • Market Place to the junction of Queen Street
  • Mill Street to the junction of Westgate
  • George Street to the junction of Union Street

A Christmas Artisan Market will take place between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 4th December.

The artisan market is to welcome Little Bird Market following the success of a similar Yorkshire Day event in July, whilst there will be Christmas street entertainment, a snow machine and Father Christmas’ grotto.

A road closure along Market Place from the Exchange Street junction to the George Street junction will be in place from 9am to 5pm.

After Christmas, just before 2023 is welcomed in, Driffield can celebrate the return of one of its oldest traditions after a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scrambling will return to Driffield after a two-year hiatus.

Scrambling is a centuries-old custom, which is believed to be unique to Driffield, that involves good-natured begging for festive goodies outside shops and other business premises.

As the horde of scramblers make their way up Driffield’s main street they chant the ancient verse:
“Here we are at oor toon end, A shoolder o’ mutton and a croon ti spend. Are we downhearted? – No! Will we win? – Yes!”.

Traditionally a New Year’s Day custom, Scrambling moved to the first shopping day of the year when 1st January became a public holiday and Driffield shops remained closed.

However, with Monday 2nd January being a bank holiday in 2023, Driffield Town Council has made the decision to stage the ancient tradition on New Year’s Eve (Saturday 31st December) between 9am and 11am.

More details about all three events will be released in the coming weeks.

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