Families looking for days out in the run up to Christmas are being told to check out Chorley for a whole host of festive fun and events, including the return of the popular Chorley Winter Wonderland.
Chorley Council has organised a fantastic Christmas line-up to keep the whole family entertained with everything from a real ice rink and festive tepee to Astley Illuminated, festive market stalls, a pantomime and Chorley’s Santa Express.
The festivities will begin on Saturday 17 November with Chorley’s Christmas lights switch on event in the town centre. This will be followed by Astley Illuminated – the free event which sees Astley Hall transformed with lights on Saturday 24 November.
On Sunday 25 November, Totally Locally Chorley businesses and traders have organised a Christmas market along Chapel Street in Chorley town centre with special appearances by the Chorley Elf.
Back by popular demand, Chorley’s Winter Wonderland will open on Cleveland Street car park on Saturday 8 December until Sunday 6 January and will include a real ice rink, festive food, drink and craft stalls, a Bavarian fun house and ride for children and the return of Betty’s Tipis serving delicious drinks.
Plus Father Christmas will once again be setting up his very-own post box in Market Walk shopping centre where children are invited to post their letter to him and listen out for his message. While every Saturday in December there will be Christmas arts and crafts and other entertainment in Market Walk.
Chorley’s Santa Express will also be running every weekend in December with tickets still available for Saturday 1 December after the other seven dates sold out in just over two weeks.
Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council with responsibility for events, said:
“Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year in Chorley and we want to get as many people as possible to visit our fantastic town.
“We have been blown away by how fast the tickets for Chorley’s Santa Express have sold this year. It a fantastic experience to meet Father Christmas in the wonderful setting of Astley Hall and there are still some tickets available on Saturday 1 December but we are looking into ways to increase availability in future years.
“There are plenty of events taking place in Chorley this Christmas and we are especially delighted to be bringing back Chorley’s Winter Wonderland in a new location on Cleveland Street car park after getting many requests for it to return.
“In addition to the events we have organised there are also plenty of other events taking place across the Chorley borough all of which are listed in the new What’s Happening in Chorley magazine, which will be available to download on checkoutchorley.com from the beginning of November.”
For more information on what’s happening in Chorley this Christmas and to book tickets for the last remaining date of Chorley’s Santa Express, visit checkoutchorley.com/christmas