Get ready for your local Christmas lights switch-on events

Date published: 12 November 2019

This year’s free Oldham Christmas lights switch-on event will take place on Sunday, November 24.

Centred around Parliament Square and Tommyfield Market, TV favourite and CBeebies’ big friendly dog Hey Duggee will feature at intervals throughout the day (1pm, 2pm and 3pm).

Then the switch-on celebrations will get under way in earnest from 5pm, while revellers can then enjoy a firework display to finish the evening off with a bang.

Stuart Beech - ‘The Singing Pilot’ - and Oldham’s award-winning local dance group ‘Fierce’ will also be performing during the event.

The Chadderton Christmas lights switch-on will take place on Friday, November 30, from 6.30pm at Chadderton Town Hall.

A Christmas market will take place in the Chadderton Town Hall Ballroom, followed by the lights switch-on.

There will also be entertainment from school choirs and Chadderton band on the night.

The free Royton lights switch-on event takes place at the Market Square precinct on Friday, November 23, between 3-5pm.

There will be a small market, brass band, DJ/compere, singing and dancing during the event.

Failsworth’s lights switch-on will also take place on November 23, from 7pm at Failsworth Pole.

Last but certainly not least, the Saddleworth Winter Wonderland and Christmas lights switch-on promises something for all the family on Saturday, December 7, between 12noon and 8pm.

Centred around the area of the King George V Playing Fields (Uppermill Park), the event will consist of  stalls, music and carol singing, as well as the traditional Christmas Procession along the length of Uppermill High Street, culminating in the lights switch on, fireworks, and final musical act.  

There will be a procession followed by a carol service and a firework display. 

The procession will follow a circular route starting at the Saint George’s playing fields (Uppermill Park), travelling to the the Commercial Inn, down to the car park at Saddleworth Museum before returning to Uppermill Park. 

The carol service will be held in Uppermill Park.

The firework display will be (pending consultation by professionals) isolated at a remote park of Uppermill Park, secured by fencing, and failing this, it will be located at Uppermill Cricket Club.

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