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Christmas is coming!

Christmas Lights Switch-On

The popular Christmas Lights Switch-On will take place on Friday 25 November. Entertainment starts at 4pm, the traditional lantern parade will gather at 5.30pm ready to process down Lawton Street to the Christmas Tree for the big switch-on at 6pm. The fun continues until 8pm, come and meet the beautiful and cared for Cairngorm Reindeers, visit the FREE Santa’s grotto and children’s activities in the Town Hall and enjoy a mixture of charity, food and craft stalls in the High Street and pedestrian area.

The Town Council and Congleton Community Projects are working with local cafés, bars and pubs on a food offer. The emphasis is on free family fun with the option to buy local and support local groups if people wish to spend! If you can spare a couple of hours to help steward the event, we would love to hear from you.

Lantern Making Workshops

The tradition of Christmas Lanterns is alive and strong in Congleton!  This year’s lantern-making workshops will be held in the Electric Picture House, in Spindle Mill, Spindle Street, near the Beartown Brewery. Workshops are from 10.30am-3.30pm on Saturdays 5, 12 and 19 November. All equipment is provided, and experienced makers are on hand to offer advice. A £1.50 donation towards the light would be appreciated. Carry your lantern on Friday 25 November as part of the grand procession at the lights switch-on. For information tel: 01260 270908 or email: jo@congletoncommunityprojects.org

Get creative, have fun and make something really beautiful for your home! Mark’s Events and Astbury Floral will run six festive sessions on Thursday 24, Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 November and Thursday 1 December all at 7.30pm – 9.30pm and Sunday 27 November from either 11am – 1pm or 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Tickets cost £40 and include a festive drink and nibbles and all materials and tuition. Tickets are available at the Congleton Information Centre. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Toy Appeal for Congleton

The Town Council is once again working with the NSPCC, Congleton Chronicle, Plus Dane Housing and Boots’ Barn Road to co-ordinate a toy appeal. Last year local people donated around 600 toys! This year we need new toys and gifts to suit all ages from babies to teens. Those working in the community will help to identify families who need the gifts the most. Toys can be donated at Boots Barn Road or Congleton Town Hall from 14 November – 16 December. Please do not wrap the presents.