Christmas Market

ASHTON Town Centre is to become a hub for shopping, socialising and family entertainment this festive season with the launch of a spectacular Christmas market.

Tameside Council has announced plans for a vibrant holiday village – which will include 30 traditional wooden cabins as well as a stage and covered bar – running from 8 to 22 December in the pedestrianised Market Street area alongside the market hall. It will offer an enticing range of European and local Christmas fare – from beautiful crafts and incredible gift ideas, that you will not find on the high street, to continental food, hot chocolate and mulled wine – to compliment the goods and produce already available in the award-winning indoor and outdoor markets.WHATSONHowever the magical fair, which will be lit with fairy-lights, will also be the focal point of a variety of family-friendly entertainment including a ‘Winter Wonderland’ lantern parade on its opening day and a show-stopping fireworks display. Children will be able to enjoy a Victorian carousel which will be open throughout the duration of the Christmas market, while the local community – including schools, groups and businesses – will be getting involved with daily live music, choir and brass band performances on the stage. Although the Christmas market will be centred in Ashton – Tameside’s main sub-regional shopping centre – businesses in other town centres will have the opportunity to hire stalls.

The cabins will also be available for other special events in other towns across the borough throughout the year. Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Cllr John Taylor, who is responsible for markets, said: “Ashton has so much to offer and – with Metrolink also coming to the town centre – the Christmas market has the potential to bring tens of thousands of additional people to the town, giving trade a major boost during this crucial time. “We hope this will become an annual event and will grow from strength to strength as it showcases Ashton has a vibrant Christmas shopping venue.”

Opening times: The Market will be open Sunday 8th December to Sunday 22nd December Opening Sunday 8th and Monday to Friday 3pm – 9.30pm, Saturday 10am – 9.30pm and Sunday from 10am until 5pm

For a full list of vendors and events visit ashtonchristmasmarket.co.uk