Christmas in North East Lincolnshire

Christmas and the winter months are delightful times to visit North East Lincolnshire and enjoy the festivities.


We’ve exciting events to suit all ages, great places to shop, including unique, independent boutiques and fun leisure activities for all the family.

We invite you to enjoy our charming coastline. Our beach welcomes everyone, whatever the time of year.   We’ve cosy cafes in which to warm up after a bracing walk or cycle. Four legged friends are equally welcome.

Winter is a wonderful time to see North East Lincolnshire’s wildlife. Bring your binoculars as it is a great place to see numerous species of birds out on the water. As the gateway of the Humber Estuary, our coastline is important to a wide variety    birds, providing a vital staging post for over 150,000 migratory birds. Ornithologists regard it as one of the top 10 estuaries in Europe.  Nearby Tetney Marshes covers over 1,500 hectares of coastal mudflats, salt marsh, dunes and lagoons and can hold up to 30,000 waders at certain times of the year.  The importance of the Humber Estuary was recognised in 1988 and has been noted as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).  A few miles down the coast, visit Donna Nook nature reserve, a 10km stretch which is often used by the Royal Air Force as a bombing range. Every November and December, grey seals come to the Donna Nook coastline to give birth to their pups near the sand dunes; a wildlife spectacle attracting visitors from across the UK.

If you fancy getting away this Christmas, there is a great choice of accommodation in North East Lincolnshire. Choose from unique country hotels to guest houses and boutique B&Bs. Or stay at a self-catering, where the whole family can get together.


Here are some of our annual festive highlights

21 November 2019

Grimsby town centre welcomes families for its annual MAGICAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON taking place on Thursday 21 November.  Festive entertainment, a Christmas parade including Father Christmas, beautiful lanterns and performers and musicians, a street food market and live stage action at the Grimsby Minster. The event begins from 3pm.  The parade startsat 5.30pm and the big switch on is at 7pm.

22 November 2019

Our delightful resort of Cleethorpes invites residents and visitors to attend its annual CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING event taking place on Friday 22 November from 5pm. The panto cast from Parkway Cinemas along with festive stilt walkers and a range of entertainers to do the big reveal at 6pm.  An artisan market will also take place 4pm to 8pm at St Peter’s church hall.

29 November 2019

ILLUMINATE IMMINGHAM takes place in Immingham town. Now in its third year, the event is back with a dazzling lantern parade and exciting digital projections.  Renowned artist, Jason Willsher-Mills, is working with our community this year to create images for projection alongside lantern making workshops. The event kicks off at 6pm at the Civic Hub and travels along Washdyke Lane to St Andrew’s church and the Pilgrim Monument. The evening culminates in a dedication service in the church.

30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19 – 24 December 2019

SANTA SPECIALS with Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway!  Fun for all the family, all aboard the magical Christmas Express. Hauled by a steam locomotive, families can enjoy entertainment and activities.  Every weekend from 30th November. Booking is essential as tickets go quick!

15 December 2019

SANTA STRIDE is an annual fun-filled day for all the family taking place in Cleethorpes. Over 500 people will walk, jog, run or push a child in a pushchair dressed as Santa around the route, choosing 2.5km or 4km. The event takes place on Sunday 15 December at the Discovery Centre.  A daytime or twilight run is offered.

1 January 2020

Cleethorpes AC New Year’s Day 10k 2020: A great way to start the New Year with a day out in Cleethorpes and who knows, perhaps a PB.

This fast, flat race is held around the streets of Cleethorpes and Humberston. The UKA measured course comprises of 2 small loops and 1 large loop making it ideal for spectators. It is well marshalled and uses chip timing. Each finisher is awarded with a Technical T-shirt.