JUST as there are 12 days of Christmas, there are 12 Tameside festive celebrations this year.
The tree switch-ons and other events are taking place right across the borough, led by town teams, ward councillors and other organisations with support from Tameside Council. All have the community at their heart and feature music, entertainment, parades and other family-friendly attractions.
Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for cultural services, Cllr Leanne Feeley, said: “We’re working with towns and the community to plan some fantastic festive events and we really want people to get involved, while supporting their local towns and traders.”
The programme begins in Droylsden and Stalybridge on Saturday, November 17, and ends on the weekend of December 7 to 9 when Denton hosts a three-day Christmas market and the Tameside Christmas Celebrations event and lantern parade.
For details of all 12 events take a look at the list below.
Saturday, 17 November
Civic Square – noon to 6pm
Family entertainment from 2pm with Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm. Mulled wine, children’s rides, hot food. Community lantern parade starting at 3.45pm.
Armentieres Square – noon to 6pm
Artisan market noon to 6pm. Fairground 11am to 7pm. Christmas tree switch-on with Santa, live entertainment, food and drink, 4 to 6pm.
Friday, 23 November
Ryecroft Hall – 4 to 7pm
Children’s rides, live entertainment. Lantern parade from 6.15pm. Lights switch-on at 6.30pm. Craft stalls, mulled wine and Santa’s grotto inside Ryecroft Hall.
Town Hall – 6 to 6.35pm
Children’s rides, carols from the Adamson Band and Yew Tree Singers, Father Christmas. Lights switch-on at 6.15pm.
Junction of Micklehurst Road and Egmont Street – 6 to 7.30pm
6 to 7.30pm. Carols led by St John’s Band, Mossley. Father Christmas.
Saturday, 24 November
Market Ground - 11am to 4.30pm
Christmas spectacular across the town centre including festive community stalls, interactive activities for families, Christmas characters, a 12 Days of Christmas treasure hunt and a dazzling display of lights and decorations.
Treacle Gardens, Market Street – 3.15 to 4.15pm
Christmas market, lights switch-on and Father Christmas.
Market Ground - 4 to 7pm
Lantern parade 5.15pm. Entertainment. Fairground rides. Free activities. Lights countdown and switch-on.
Friday, 30 November
The Hub, Stockport Road – 4 to 7.30pm
Christmas market, entertainment, Father Christmas, hot food. Lights switch-on by boxer Marcus Morrison at 6.15pm.
Saturday, 1 December
Market Square – 10am to 5.30pm
Entertainment, children’s rides, artisan market, Father Christmas, hot food and mulled wine. Lights switch-on by boxer Stacey Copeland at 4.15pm.
Friday, 7 December to Sunday, 9 December
Civic Square – 11am to 8pm (Fri and Sat). 11am to 5pm (Sun)
Christmas market with hot food, bar, entertainment and children’s rides.
Denton’s Got Talent on Saturday between 2 and 4pm.
Saturday, 8 December
Tameside Christmas Celebrations and Lantern Parade
Victoria Park, 6 to 7.30pm
Lantern parade, illuminations, Father Christmas, music and pyrotechnics.
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