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Lighting up Altrincham & Sale this Christmas


c2d686df5312fd5789189ecccf633705.jpgIt's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Your guide to festive events in our local town centres....



Altrincham’s Christmas Lights Switch-on Saturday 17th November

The Christmas celebrations start on Saturday 17th November with the Christmas Lights Switch-on with Hits Radio in Stamford Square.

The afternoon build-up will see local schools, choirs and singers take to the stage from midday.  Those taking part include Broadheath Primary School, Navigation Primary School and Altrincham CofE Primary School. Also taking to stage will be Altrincham Musical Theatre who will be singing songs from Grease, and local singer Amanda Heywood will headline the afternoon show. 

The Big Switch-on Show

From 4.30pm Hits Radio’s Wes Butters will present a star-studded show with headliner Gareth Gates, Coronation Street’s Cath Tyldesley, internet sensation Braydon Bent and CBeebies’ Sid Sloane.  

Security checks will be in place and capacity in Stamford Square is limited so get there in plenty of time.

Gareth Gates will perform at the Christmas Lights Switch-On

Altrincham’s Lantern Parade Saturday 1st December

A magical town-wide Lantern Parade will take place on Saturday 1st December, starting at 4pm from Goose Green and meandering throughout the town to Stamford Square for the finale, a Christmas singalong with The Music Place at 4.45pm. 

Also, on the Stamford Square stage throughout the day look out for performances from local school choirs and dance troupes. 

For those wishing to join the parade, there will be FREE aa6e6e16b6e86f3508e4282ec01a94f6.jpgdrop-in lantern making workshops at Total Fitness on Denmark Street with artist Russell Kirk. The sessions will run 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Aura Music Academy will be in Goose Green prior to the Parade to warm us up with Carols. 

POP Up Santa's Grottos

Santa will be visiting Altrincham on the following dates between 11-4pm!

Saturday 17th November – Rackhams -2 George Street WA14 1SF
Saturday 24th November – Wilko, 13/17 George Street WA14 1RH
Saturday 1st December – The Ivy League, Kings Court, 36 Railway St WA14 2RE
Saturday 8th December – House Restaurant & Bar, Goose Green WA14 1DW
Saturday 15th December - The Old Post Rooms, Stamford New Road, WA14 1EE

For details of everything happening this year, visit


Sale Christmas Extravaganza - 24th November

Come into Sale Town Centre for the Christmas Extravaganza.

There will be a street market on School Road, all sorts of family activities in the Square and at Waterside and Library. Make your way to Emporium M33 for a family disco, games, face painting etc. Lights switch-on and Father Christmas will be in the Library area. Sale Cruising Club traditional boat parade to take Father Christmas home.​

Key festive zones
Square Shopping Centre for live entertainment and Christmas Lights Switch On, 3:45pm

Sale Library and Waterside for Craft activities with Kids Planet, Santa's Grotto, Mulled Wine and entertainment 11-5pm

Sale market will be full of festive cheers along Market Road, 4c4c4752f2f9a91a9e056887158ecb8e.jpg9-5pm

Emporium M33 for fun family activities throughout the day

Sale Cruising Club will be cruising through Sale at approximately 4:45pm with festive lights. They will then escort Santa back to his sleigh.


Timperley celebrates Christmas - 30th November, 4-6:30pm

Running order so far

4pm: Singer Wayne Devlin kicks proceedings off, followed by school choirs

5pm: Mayor gives out North West in Bloom Awards

5.45pm: Mayor gives out best dressed window prizes 1st 2nd 3rd after judging them.

Throughout they will give out treasure trail forms

Timperley Festive Treasure Trail competition, from  30th November

Timperley Village shops are proud to be sponsoring the Christmas Competition. The local shops have donated prizes to win, so start hunting for Christmas baubles in the shop windows!


Ashton on Mersey Xmas Markets and The Big Switch On - 1st December
Come along to see the Xmas markets, there’ll be lots of entertainment for the children, followed by the Xmas Lights Switch On (fundraising dependent). 10am-4pm


CHRISTMAS NO 1s - LIVE IN HALE BARNS - Sunday 16th December 12-7pm

From the organisers of Hale Barns Carnival; this year’s Christmas concert will feature the very best local acts performing the greatest Christmas No.1s of all time.

Expect to hear hits by Slade, Shakin Stevens, Dean Martin, Chris Rea, Cliff Richard, Mariah Carey and many more...

The ultimate Family Christmas Concert comes to Hale Barns this December!

Buy tickets here


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Christmas Activities

Christmas Activities

If you are looking for ideas to keep the children busy throughout the Christmas holidays, or the kids want some ideas and inspiration for cards and gifts them take a look at our Winter KidsZone. Jam packed full of fun ideas that everyone can get involved in! Activities for indoors and out - some are messy, some are not! What are you waiting for?!?!

Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking

We all know that the festive period is a time for giving, spending time as a family and for over indulging, and we are here to help! Our Christmas recipe section has lots of tasty treats to satisfy the sweet and savoury cravings of the whole family. Get busy in the kitchen with the kids and enjoy some delicious food together this Christmas.