Enjoy a magical Christmas in Chorley

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year in Chorley with so much to check out that you’ll never want the celebrations and Christmas cheer to end. There’s everything from festive market stalls to traditional lights switch on events to street entertainment, lots of independent shops for unique Christmas presents, cheeky elves, Christmas crafts and not forgetting numerous opportunities to meet the main man – Father Christmas!

Discover more below.

The big switch on

The magic begins on Saturday 18 November with the luminous local tradition that is Chorley’s Christmas lights switch on. The family stage show and event gets Chorley’s Christmas celebrations well and truly underway and transforms Chorley town centre in twinkly winter wonderland with delightful displays lining the streets. Join local bands, choirs, singers and a headline act for the traditional countdown, festive market stalls and a jolly good celebration of everything Christmas. Check back here for more information closer to the time.

What’s on

Santa Express

Chorley’s Santa Express is back to whisk families on a magical journey from Chorley town centre through Astley Park to meet Father Christmas in the wonderful setting of Astley Hall.

Chorley’s Santa Express will be running between Chorley Council’s offices on Union Street in Chorley town centre and Astley Hall every 20 minutes between 9.30am and 4pm every Saturday and Sunday in December from Saturday 2 December until Christmas Eve, Sunday 24 December. The Santa Express will take families to meet Father Christmas as he takes up residence in Astley Hall’s Inlaid Room in the run up to Christmas.

Every child who meets Father Christmas will receive a special Christmas gift and there will be some festive face painting and arts and crafts in Astley Coach House too.

Tickets to take a ride on Chorley’s Santa Express to meet Father Christmas at Astley Hall must be purchased in advance by clicking on the date of your choice below. The tickets are £7 to £8 for children (aged 12 and under) and £3 for adults and various time slots are available on all eight dates. All tickets are subject to an Eventbrite booking fee and the price includes a return journey on the land train and the chance to meet Father Christmas at Astley Hall. Please bring a paper or electronic copy of your confirmation email with you as proof of purchase. Unfortunately, tickets cannot be purchased on the day.

Anyone aged 12 months and under is entitled to book a free ticket to meet Father Christmas and ride on the land train with their family, however, they will not receive a gift as the Christmas presents are only suitable for children aged 1 to 12.

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Saturday 2 December
Sunday 3 December
Saturday 9 December
Sunday 10 December
Saturday 16 December
Sunday 17 December
Saturday 23 December
Sunday 24 December

If you don’t wish to meet Father Christmas at Astley Hall but would like to simply take a ride on Chorley’s Santa Express between Chorley town centre and Astley Hall every 20 minutes on the dates listed, you can pay on the day at the land train stop outside Chorley Council’s offices on Union Street or at the land train stop outside the Coach House next to Astley Hall at £3 for children and £3 for adults.

The land train is fully accessible for wheelchair users but if you have a pram, please could you ensure you fold it up before boarding the train.

What’s on

Astley Illuminated

For one night only, Astley Hall comes alive with light, music and mystery as the jewel in Chorley’s crown is transformed. This amazing free event has to be seen as the historic Astley Hall is beautifully lit with magnificent light displays and candles. Returning this year will be Spark! the magical live music, movement and illuminated drumming band. The event begins at 5pm with a free park and ride bus available from Chorley town centre throughout the evening. Plus, there will be festive food and drink and other surprises too.

Stocking filler Saturdays

If all those festive attractions don’t manage to keep you busy, we’ve got plenty more entertainment planned for the whole family while you get your Christmas shopping done including:

Chorley’s Christmas Saturdays – with festive music from brass bands and choirs across the town centre every Saturday in the run up to Christmas as well as arts and crafts with The Art Venturers 10am – 4pm in Market Walk. We’ve also got lots of other Christmas crackers planned and will reveal more here shortly.

Post your letter to Father Christmas

Don’t forget to write your list and letter to Santa and post it in his very special post box located in the centre of Market Walk. Plus listen out for a special message from him as you post it!