Enjoy a Magical Christmas in Chorley 2022!

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, and not forgetting opportunities to meet the main man himself – Father Christmas!

Winter Wonderland featuring Real Ice Rink!

Get your skates on this Christmas and glide, pirouette and whirl across Chorley’s Real Ice Rink when it returns to the town centre as part of Chorley’s Winter Wonderland, also featuring Betty’s Tipis and Children’s rides. Cleveland St. – opposite the Town Hall, PR7 1DN,  from 9 December 2022 – 2 January 2023 (except Christmas Day).

The 60ft x 40ft real ice rink provides a fantastic opportunity to get together with family and friends and experience the thrill of skating on real ice with sessions for the general public, younger children from 3 -7 years (Cub Club sessions), with schools and community groups able to book exclusive sessions.

Ice Rink Prices and session times

£6 per skater for a normal session
£20 for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children).
Prices are £3 per skater for Cub Club (including accompanying adults – maximum of 2 adults per family at this discounted rate).
Skate hire included.

The ice rink sessions cannot be booked in advance.  Please pay on the day. Cash only.

Friday 9 December – 12noon-8pm
Saturday 10 December – 10am-8pm
Sunday 11 December – 10am-7pm

Monday 12 December – Thursday 15 December – 12 noon – 7pm
(12noon – 1pm Cub Club only)

Friday 16 December – 12 noon – 8pm
(12noon – 1pm Cub Club only)

Saturday 17 December – 10am-8pm
Sunday 18 December – 10am-7pm

Monday 19 December – Thursday 22 December 10am – 7pm
(10am – 11am Cub Club only)
Friday 23 December – 10am – 8pm
(10am -11am Cub Club only)

Saturday 24 December – 10am – 7pm

Christmas Day  – Closed

Boxing Day – Monday 26 December – 12 noon-5pm

Tuesday 27 December – 10 am – 7pm
(10am – 11am Cub Club only)

Wednesday 28 December & Thursday 29 December – 11am – 7pm
(11am – 12 noon Cub Club only)

Friday 30 December – 10am – 8pm (10am – 11am Cub Club only)

Saturday 31 December – 10am-6pm
Sunday 1 January – 10am-5pm

Monday 2 January – 10am – 7pm
(10am – 11am Cub Club only)

General sessions and cub club session are not able to be booked in advance.

From Friday 9 December to Friday 16 December schools and community groups can prebook exclusive use of the ice rink, subject to availability (excluding weekends). Email to book a group session.

Time Credits
Chorley Council recognises the important role that volunteers have in our community. The Tempo Time Credit scheme is a great way to reward those volunteers for the hard work they contribute to our community. Tempo Time Credit tickets can be exchanged for free skating sessions on our Real Ice Rink. Please email with your Tempo ID, your name, the number of people skating and the date and time of the skate session you would like to attend. We will send you a booking confirmation email, please show this to the Ice Rink staff when you attend the Ice Rink. Please click here to view  all the available skating sessions.

Any Tempo Time Credit ticket holders wishing to skate on the ice will need to book with us at least 24 hours in advance of your skating session. All Tempo Time Credit ticket bookings need to be made before 12noon on Friday 23 December. Tempo Time Credit tickets users will still be able to book in advance for any of the remaining skate sessions, right up until Monday 2 January but need to do this before the deadline on Friday 23 December at 12 noon.

Visitors to the Winter Wonderland can also enjoy children’s rides and delicious food and drink from Betty’s Tipis.

Children’s rides at the Winter Wonderland will include the Alpine Fun House, Hook a Santa, Teacup Ride and Mini Train Ride and are payable on the day.

Betty’s Tipis

Visitors to the Winter Wonderland can also enjoy delicious festive food and drink from Betty’s Tipis serving a selection of sharing foods, festive treats and mulled wine and cider.
Open 11:30am – 10:00pm everyday.

Car Parking

There is plenty parking in Chorley town centre, You can find parking information here.

Santa Express Land Train

Whether you just want to ride through the beautiful Astley Park or want to use the Santa Express because you have tickets for Santa’s Grotto/Brunch with Santa at the Astley Coach House (sold out), the Santa Express is great festive fun.

The Santa Express land train is NOT included in the price of the Santa’s Grotto or Brunch with Santa ticket. You don’t have to have tickets for Santa’s Grotto or Brunch with Santa (sold out) – you can still take a ride through Astley Park – there’s plenty to do there.

The Santa Express land train departs from outside the Astley Park gates, Park Road, in Chorley town centre to the Astley Coach House, Saturday & Sunday from 26 November – 18 December (inclusive), running 9:30am –3:45pm (approx. every 20 mins)
£2 per person for a one way ticket.
Only single one way tickets will be available but tickets can be purchased at each end if you wish to use the Santa Express for a return journey.

The Santa Express cannot be booked in advance and is payable on the day, cash only.

If you are using the Santa Express as an optional extra because you have tickets for Santa’s Grotto or Brunch with Santa, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to ensure you make your Santa’s Grotto / Brunch with Santa time slot. Late arrival to see Santa may result in no admission and no refund (and you may even end up on Santa’s naughty list).

While you’re in Astley Park, why not visit, the newly refurbished Astley Hall. Artist Beata Podstawa, supported by the Friends of Astley Hall, will be making Astley Hall look beautifully festive for visitors to enjoy! Find out more, including admission fees and times for Astley Hall:

Visit Santa at the Astley Coach House

We’re very excited to announce that Santa will be visiting the Astley Coach House this Christmas!  Plus, as an optional extra you can arrive in style to meet Santa as the land train returns!

Ticket Information

There will be two different options for visiting the Santa at Astley Coach House this Christmas, every Saturday & Sunday from 26 November – 18 December (inclusive) – visits to Santa’s Grotto or Brunch with Santa. Both options must be pre-booked.

Santa’s Grotto – Sold out

Meet the big man himself in his festive Grotto at the Astley Coach House, tell him what you wish for and receive a gift (for every child booked).

£5 per child (+ booking fee).
Adults do not require a ticket. Maximum of 2 adults and 5 children per visit.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 26 November – 18 December (inclusive).
Time slots are between 11am – 12pm 1pm – 4:40pm

You will need to purchase just 1 ten minute time slot (and must visit the grotto at this time) which includes entry and gift for 1 child. If you wish to bring more children you will need to purchase the correct number of additional child tickets whilst placing your order (these are available at the bottom of the tickets listed on Skiddle).

You must provide the correct ages of the children attending the grotto in advance to ensure a suitable gift is available – you will be prompted by Skiddle during the booking process to add this information.

Please note that your ticket for Santa’s Grotto does NOT include the Santa Express land train. Please see information below about the Santa Express. 

Brunch with Santa – Sold out

Families are invited to the Astley Coach House to have a unique visit to join Santa’s elves for an activity, a sing along/storytelling, yummy treat and visit from Santa with, of course, a little present to take away.

10:00am to 10:45am every Saturday and Sunday from 26 November – 18 December (inclusive).

Cost £15 per child (+ booking fee) which includes one brunch box and one present.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum of 2 adults per visit.

Example brunch box contents can be viewed on the booking link. Vegan and gluten free alternatives will be available. You will be prompted to select this, during the booking process.

We will require correct and up to date contact details before you attend along with the correct ages of the children visiting to ensure a suitable present is available – you will be prompted by Skiddle to provide this information during the booking process.

Your ticket for Brunch with Santa does NOT include the Santa Express land train. Please see information below about the Santa Express.

Santa’s Grotto visits and Brunch with Santa will take place in the Coach House Gallery in Astley Park (not Astley Hall).

Festive Ice Sculptures

See two fabulous ice creations in Chorley town centre on Saturday 10 & Saturday 17 December 2022.

Saturday 10 December

See Olaf and Elsa as ice sculptures from 10am until 5pm, outside the covered market (Fazakerley Street end) and in Market Walk (near New Look).

Saturday 17 December

See an ice skate sculpture from 10am until 5pm, and watch the sculptor himself, Mat Chaloner, as he creates Raymond Briggs famous character the Snowman in a live demonstration from 12 noon – why not have a chat with him as he gets creative with a chisel. Both outside the covered market (Fazakerley Street end).

Chorley Town Hall Pantomimes

This Christmas we’re bringing you not one, but two Pantomime performances at Chorley Town Hall, and tickets are now on sale – oh yes they are!

Aladdin – Saturday 10 December – Sold Out

1:30pm – approx. 3:30pm (doors open at 1pm) We are bringing a whole new world to the Town Hall with Pendle Productions who will be performing the extremely popular family pantomime, Aladdin £5 per person (plus a booking fee). Both adults and children will need a ticket.

Beauty & the Beast- Saturday 17 December – Sold Out

2pm – approx. 3:15pm (doors open at 1.30pm)

‘Be our guest’ at Chorley Town Hall this December to see M&M Theatrical Productions’ performance of the extremely popular pantomime, Beauty and the Beast.

£5 per person (plus a booking fee). Both adults and children will need a ticket.

There is a limit of up to six tickets per booking. Refreshments will not be available to purchase at the Pantomimes so you’re welcome to bring your own!

Both performances are suitable for children of all ages and will take place in the Lancastrian Suite at Chorley Town Hall.

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 26 November 2022

The Big Switch On

On Sunday 20 November, Chorley’s Christmas celebrations will get underway in style, with a brilliant festive and party atmosphere in the town centre and some fantastic local acts, entertainers and exciting special guests. Plus the Totally Locally Chorley Christmas Market will return for another year, taking place on the same day with lots of independent traders and stalls featuring a wide range of delicious food and drink, excellent arts and crafts and fantastic gift stalls and much more!

The Totally Locally Chorley Christmas Market starts at 10am until 6pm with entertainment on the Market Street stage starting from 1pm and the big switch on happening at 5pm by special guests, presented by Rock FM’s Joel Ross.

We are delighted to announce that Chorley’s very own boxing superstar, Jack ‘El Gato’ Catterall, will be turning on the Christmas Lights this year. The light-welterweight boxing star is seen in many people’s eyes as the undisputed champion after his controversial defeat to Josh Taylor in February earlier this year, with many pundits and experts stating that Jack had comfortably won the fight.

Jack will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Steve Royle who will perform for us and get Chorley’s Christmas celebrations well and truly underway. There will be music and performances from Freddie Mercury tribute act and Suggs tribute act along with local talent on display from Chorley Youth Zone plus local street dance team Minitrons before the traditional countdown and big switch on at 5pm on Market Street Chorley. 

Follow the Facebook event page here.

This year’s Totally Locally Chorley Christmas Market will also feature free children’s activity stations within the stall zones! More information about Chorley’s Christmas Markets can be found here.