Christmas in Congleton

Congleton Christmas Festival- Saturday 24th November 2018 – Congleton Town Centre 

Come and join in the festive fun on Saturday 24th November 2018 for Congleton’s Christmas Festival and Lights Switch-On. There will be lots to see and do, which makes for a fun-packed, family day! Festivities include; Christmas Makers Market, Charity Stalls and Santa’s Grotto in the Town Hall, Fair Rides on the closed High Street, a full programme of Stage & Street Entertainment (from 12-6pm), Lantern Procession, Switch-On Countdown and Finale Firework Display! This is all before Santa returns to Lapland at 6.00pm.

For the 2018 Christmas Leaflet, click here.

Christmas Makers Market 

The Christmas Makers Market will be bringing together the finest and often award-winning food, drink, art & craft producers in the area. The High Street and Pedestrian Area will be filled with specially selected stall holders who source, grow, rear, bake, make and create the products they sell, which ensures their goods are unique and designed to inspire. The food aspect of the market will offer the very best seasonal local farm produce, artisan breads, delicatessen and hand crafted cheeses, produced and sourced by people who are passionate about what they do. For more information about the Makers Market, click here.

Charity Stalls

Christmas is a time for giving! Local charities and organisations will set up their stalls in the Town Hall this year to raise funds for their groups or organisations. The groups enter into the Christmas spirit, wearing Santa hats  and Christmas jumpers and put on some fun and fundraising activities.

Stage Entertainment

The Christmas Crackers team are currently organising a full day programme of entertainment for the stage- the programme is due to start at 12.00 noon and will be made up of brass bands, choirs, school choirs, dance troupes, local magician Nick Barnes and much more! Also watch out for our Street Entertainment, Christmas lit stilt walkers will be out on the day. If you would like to have a slot on the day, or on a December weekend leading up to Christmas in the Town Centre, click here to enquire.

Lantern Procession & Workshops

The Grand Lantern Procession will meet at Back Park Street car park (at the back of Carter House) at 5.00pm and make its way to the top of Lawton Street where the parade will form and set-off at 5.05pm. Santa will be picked up in his Sleigh along the way, with a crowd of lit lanterns following behind. The whole procession will be led by Northenden Pipe Band. The procession will make its way down Lawton Street and onto the High Street, stopping at the bottom of Canal Street where the group will split; Santa in his sleigh will travel along the High Street led by half of the band, whilst the other half of the band and all of the lanterns will light up Chapel Street and come down Moody Street, to make for an extra long procession. Both halves of the procession will meet at the stage area in time for the Christmas songs and countdown for the Big Switch-On and Fireworks Display.

Workshops will take place at the Electric Picture House, Cross Street on Saturdays 3rd, 10th & 17th November, between 10.30am – 3.30pm. These are free workshops, although a donation of £1.50 for the lantern light is welcomed. The workshops are open to children of all ages and abilities.

Big Switch-On & Firework Display

Congleton’s Christmas Lights will be switched on at 5.30pm this year, followed by a Finale Firework Display. After this, Santa will set-off for Lapland at 6.00pm and closing the event for the evening.

Road Closures

In order to protect the public at this great Community Event there will be road closures in place for the Town Centre. These will go on at 7.00am and close off the High Street from the top of Market Street – to the Town Hall. Vehicles were not be able to access the High Street from Market Street, Moody Street or Canal Street, although will be able to turn right onto Lawton Street (from Canal Street) until the rolling road closure at 5.00pm. At 5.00pm there will be a rolling road closure for Lawton Street as the procession passes through. Residents and businesses will be made aware of this and any cars parked in the bays at this time will have to stay in place until the procession in safely onto the High Street. Access to Morrison’s Car Park and Bus Station will remain open as usual. The roads will be re-opened by 8.00pm.

Car Parking

For the Christmas Festival Event, the car parking charges will be lifted for the day from 10.00am on the following car parks; Back Park Street, Fairground and Princess Street car parks.

Please respect that the short or long stay time limits still apply. Back Park Street and Princess Street are long stay and the Fairground Car Park is short stay.


The Christmas Crackers team is always looking for volunteers! If you would like to be part of the Christmas Crackers Team that delivers this fantastic event, the team are looking for more people to volunteer at this years event- as the event has grown bigger, so has the demand for volunteers to help make the switch on what it is! Volunteering at the Christmas Event can range from helping set-up and clear away, litter picking, helping to marshal the procession and many other jobs throughout the day- any support you can give would be much appreciated!

If you would like to volunteer at the 2018 event, or others in Congleton, please click here.

Christmas in Congleton

What’s On in Congleton

When planning what to do over Christmas, be sure to check out the What’s On page of the website. We’ve endeavoured to cover it all, but as it’s a busy town with lots going on, if you tell us about anything we have missed, we’ll be sure to add it into the calendar of events. To get your event listed, email here.

Church Services in Congleton

Congleton Churches are in the process of collating their Christmas Services, keep an eye out on this page for the full festive details.