A FLINTSHIRE town's 'Santa Dash' event scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled due to 'low numbers'.

The festivities in Holywell will begin with the Christmas Lights switch on event on Friday (November 24).

Between 3.30pm and 5.10pm, children from local schools will be singing some festive tunes as Santa's float (organised by the Rotary Club of Flint and Holywell) makes its way through the town.

From 5.15pm, there will be a 'Fire, Elf and Grinch Christmas Show' before the lights are switched on at 6.15pm.

As of 6.30pm, 'Music 4 Youth Performances' will close what should be a memorable day for the town.

There will be an artisan's market held on the high street all day and a DJ will be playing Christmas music between midday and 3.30pm.

The Christmas Markets event will then take place between 10am and 5pm on Sunday (November 24) with Christmas music, characters and more on show.

But, the Santa Dash planned for that day has sadly been cancelled, Holywell Town Council has confirmed.


The event sees runners and walkers dressed up as Santa race to the finish line in aid of a charity.

A statement from the council read: "Please note our Santa Dash is now cancelled due to low booking numbers. This was advertised on our Holywell Christmas Market flyer. Thank you."

However, there are still plenty of festivities to enjoy in Holywell this weekend - including a Christmas movie night event on Sunday (November 26).

Guests are invited to 'bring a chair and wrap up warm' for the free outdoor event from 5pm at the events area at Tower Gardens.

Attendees can sit back, relax and enjoy the much-loved Christmas film 'Elf'.

The 2003 American Christmas comedy stars Will Ferrell as Buddy - a human raised by Santa's elves, who learns about his origins and heads to New York City to meet his biological father.