Headlining this year’s offer is a mesmerising festival of light, Put Big Light On, taking place across Bolton town centre from 30 November to 21 December.
Bolton will be transformed for six magical winter evenings where visitors can experience the mysterious Northern Lights over Victoria Square, see the moon up close at Bolton Library and Museum and immerse themselves into a world of colourful and interactive artwork across other key locations.
The awe-inspiring installations will be created by artists from around the world including Borealis by Dan Acher, Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram and Evanescent by Atelier Sisu. More details about what is happening, when and where visit the Visit Bolton website.
The ever-popular Santa’s Grotto returns to Crompton Place Shopping Centre this year, where younger residents will not only get to meet the big man himself but enjoy lots of magical, festive activities in the Elf Workshop.
Weighed down with bags of shopping? Then jump on board the Jingle Bell Bus and take a ride around the town centre during weekends in December, all whilst taking in the sparkling lights and Christmas atmosphere – you might even spot some of the fantastic street entertainment or hear the joyful sounds of a brass band or choir.
If watching a show is on your Christmas list, then bring the kids to watch Cinderella, a traditional, family pantomime where dreams really do come true.
From 1 – 30 December, watch this magical show at the historic Albert Halls Theatre. Featuring a relaxed performance specially adapted to be accessible to a wide range of audiences such as those with autism, a learning disability or anyone with a sensory predisposition.
Pick up some unique gifts at the annual Mayor’s Christmas Fair on the 2 December where you will find an array of stalls run by local charities or community groups and all proceeds go to the Mayor’s charities.
Bolton Market has everything you need for the perfect family Christmas and will be getting in the festive spirit with some special family activities on the 2, 9 and 16 December. Keep an eye on @BoltonMarkets socials for more updates.
Join the Lightbulb Princess show at Bolton Library Theatre where you will be swept up in a fun-filled, musical show where you will help the princess and her friends solve an unexpected problem and illuminate the world again.
Bolton Library and Museum will also once again be hosting plenty of free Christmas themed children’s craft activities every weekend in December.
The much-loved Father Christmas Experience at Smithills Hall is making a welcome return, including sessions for children with additional needs and teen and adult believers.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Nadeem Ayub, said:
“Christmas has always been a fantastic time of year in Bolton with plenty to see and do in the Winter months.
“It’s great to see such a wide range of cultural activity taking place, especially the sessions that make such wonderful events accessible to all.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Bolton town centre and the district centres full of people enjoying what’s on offer, boosting the local economy and supporting our local businesses.”
Visit www.visitbolton.com/christmas for more information and booking links.
Follow socials @ChristmasinBolton to keep up to date with announcements.