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 Christmas magic starts in Chorley town centre on Saturday 17 November with the luminous local tradition that is Chorley’s Christmas lights switch on. The family stage show and event will get Chorley’s Christmas celebrations well and truly underway and transform Chorley town centre in twinkly winter wonderland with delightful displays lining the streets. There will be a brilliant festive atmosphere in town with local bands, choirs and singers performing on the stage before the traditional countdown and big switch on. The show will start at 3pm with the switch on at 5pm.

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Christmas Pantomime

Dick Whittington makes his way to Chorley in our annual Christmas pantomime staged in the Lancastrian at Chorley town hall on Saturday 24 November for a magical one-off performance. Pendle Productions will be returning to work with Chorley Council for another year to perform the extremely popular pantomime to a family audience from 1.30pm until 3.45pm with doors opening at 1pm. The performance is suitable for children of all ages and tickets will go on sale on Monday 22 October 2018.

Christmas Market

Go Totally Locally Chorley this Christmas with a special Christmas market on Chapel Street on Sunday 25 November. Local producers and businesses will take over Chorley town centre selling specialist Christmas gifts, food and drink plus there will be music and entertainment for all the family to enjoy with special appearances from the Chorley Elf and a Minion Santa.

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Astley Illuminated

For one night only in November, Astley Hall will come 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. Come along and see 400 years of history in a different light. From the Tudors to the Stuarts; the Victorians to Edwardians meet characters from the past as we illuminate Astley Hall and the Walled Garden for this special annual event. The night begins at 5pm and Café Ambio will be open serving delicious food and drink.

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 town centre and Astley Hall every 20 minutes between 9.30am and 3.30pm every Saturday and Sunday in December from Saturday 1 December until Sunday 23 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 but are now SOLD OUT.

Tickets – SOLD OUT

Saturday 1 December
Sunday 2 December
Saturday 8 December
Sunday 9 December
Saturday 15 December
Sunday 16 December
Saturday 22 December
Sunday 23 December

Terms and Conditions availble here

Winter Wonderland

Get your skates on this Christmas and glide, pirouette and whirl across Chorley’s real ice rink and then enjoy some festive drinks in Betty’s Tipis when they return as part of Chorley’s fantastically festive winter wonderland on Cleveland Street.

Chorley Council is bringing the 60ft by 40ft real ice rink back to Chorley town centre with the whole family invited to enjoy a fantastic day out in Chorley’s Winter Wonderland. So get all your friends together, get your skates and join us for lots of fun skating sessions with music, lights and more. Plus the ice rink is under cover so there’s no need to worry about the weather.

Chorley’s Winter Wonderland will also have a Bavarian fun house and fairground ride and stalls selling festive food, drink and crafts. It will be open every day from Saturday 8 December until Sunday 6 January 2019, except Christmas Day and you can skate for just £6 per session. Time credits will be accepted but on designated skate sessions only. Group and school booking are also available on selected dates. Please email events@chorley.gov.uk or call 01257 515151 to enquire about group bookings.

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 from Saturday 17 November. Plus listen out for a special message from him as you post it!