Festive market returns for Rochdale’s big Christmas switch-on


The countdown to Christmas begins in Rochdale this month as Rochdale Borough Council confirms the return of a festive market at the town hall, a big Christmas lights switch-on and lots of extra special magical family entertainment on Sunday 24 November.

Thousands are expected to attend the popular event that will include a festive indoor market and family activities inside Rochdale Town Hall. Children will be able to create crafty gifts, have their face painted and make some musical sounds with The Melody Hub. You’ll be able to make a festive keepsake with the team from The Star Tree Studio or learn circus tricks with the experts from Skylight Circus.

The Christmas market opens at 1pm, with 30 stalls in the magnificent setting of the Great Hall. Seasonal food and drink will be served in the Christmas Cafe while Wardle Community Brass Band and Rochdale Music Service get you in a festive mood with yuletide favourites!  The Christmas Café will be serving tasty festive fare.

From 1pm outside the town hall there will also be hot food, mulled wine and other seasonal drinks, and the town hall will be lit up spectacularly for the occasion.

From 4pm the build up to the lights switch on really begins with live music from Fat Cat Brass – performing classic pop tunes through an afro-latin and Ska filter!  A beautiful winter fairy will be bringing a touch of magic to the event, along with colourful ‘Two Calling Birds’ from the Twelve Days of Christmas song, accompanied by lots more street theatre performances providing a sparkling festive treat. 

Father Christmas, the Mayor and a host of special guests will officially switch-on the lights at 5pm.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture, said: “This event is always the perfect start to the festive season. With a local Christmas market, food and drink, activities for the children and amazing street theatre to entertain the crowds, there will be something for everyone. We’re lighting our stunning town hall in stunning colours for the day too.”

The Exchange and Wheatsheaf centre's will also have Christmas activities during December, check out their individual websites and socail media.

For more information visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/christmas

Christmas switch on events are also taking in place in:

Middleton town centre, Saturday 16 November – 12 noon to 6.30pm organised by Middleton Town Centre Management.

Heywood town centre, Saturday 23 November – 11am to 6pm, organised by Heywood Business Group.

Littleborough town centre on Saturday 30 November – 4pm to 6pm.


06 Nov 2019