A festive carnival parade celebrating Tameside’s industrial heritage will be among the highlights of this year’s Christmas events.
The Tameside Christmas Celebration Event, which will include the ever popular lantern parade, will this year take place in Denton on 8 December – paying particular homage to the local hatting industry which has close links with the town.
The borough-wide event will be a fantastic finale to all the individual Christmas celebration events and lights switch ons taking place in Tameside’s towns during November and December.
Tameside Council Cultural Services will once again be working with locally based and internationally respected arts organisation Global Grooves on the lantern parade following a successful bid for Arts Council England funding.
This year will be extra beautiful as the lantern parade, which will take place from 6-7.30pm, will take a route through Victoria Park in Denton – with the whole park being lit up as a magical place to explore.
Schools, community groups and individuals can get involved and take part in workshops with professional artists to create spectacular illuminated lantern sculptures, more traditional hand carried lanterns and themed carnival and parade costumes.
All of the lantern making workshops will take place in October and November in readiness for the parade in December. Anyone who wants to get involved should email expressing interest to firstname.lastname@example.org or call directly on 0161 342 4144. Please bear in mind that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for Cultural Services Cllr Leanne Feeley said: “We are working with towns and the community to plan some fantastic festive events this year and we really want people to get involved, while supporting their local towns and traders. The run up to Christmas is always busy so you may want to make a note of these dates in your diaries and calendars to make sure you can join in and enjoy the celebrations.
“The Tameside wide event will build on the success of our previous parades and this year should be especially magical, following a route through the beautiful Victoria Park in Denton. It promises to be a fabulous celebration for families, friends and individuals to enjoy.”
Local community and business led Christmas celebration events, supported by the council, will take place in the borough’s other towns on the following dates – with further details to be announced nearer to the time:
17 November Droylsden
17 November Stalybridge
23 November Dukinfield
23 November Audenshaw
23 November Micklehurst
24 November Ashton
24 November Mossley
24 November Hollingworth
1 December Hyde
7-9 December Denton (local town centre festivities in addition to the Tameside wide event on 8 December)
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