Lantern parade lights the way to Christmas

Tameside’s spectacular lantern parade will be the first of many exciting events in the borough during the countdown to Christmas.
The 2016 parade – to be held on Saturday 12 November in Ashton town centre -  is expected to be bigger and better than ever, bringing together all communities to showcase how “We Shine Bright Together’.
There will also be community led Christmas lights switch on events and celebrations in all the borough’s towns.
Families, individuals and groups from across Tameside have been taking part in free lantern making workshops in preparation for the parade. Further workshops, all free, will be held as follows:
    Saturday 29 Oct 10.00am-3.30pm The Grafton Centre, Hyde
    Sunday 30 Oct 10.00am-3.30pm Portland Basin, Ashton 
The parade will start at 6pm on Katherine St, Ashton, and will take a 45-minute route through the town centre and Stamford Street – an ideal spot to watch it go by. The event will conclude at the Old Cross St Carpark with a fantastic, community led Christmas lights switch on, music and pyrotechnic finale.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, responsible for culture, said: “Christmas promises to be a really special community celebration in Tameside this year. Hundreds of people from across the borough have already got involved in the lantern parade and I hope many more will come along on the night to watch the fantastic procession and enjoy the finale in Old Cross Street Car Park.
“The communities in all our towns have also come together to plan some great Christmas lights switch on and celebration events with activities and entertainment for all the family. Do get involved, support your local towns and businesses and share in the festivities.”
Further Christmas Lights Switch on and celebration events will be held across Tameside as follows:
Dukinfield Christmas Lights Switch On   
Wednesday 16 November 6-7pm     
Festive family entertainment from Father Christmas, a brass band and a community choir outside Dukinfield Town Hall.
Hyde Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 18 November 5-7pm   
Join the Civic Mayor as he welcomes Santa to a traditional festive light switch on in Hyde Civic Square. There’ll be warming food and drink and family entertainment including children’s costume characters, the popular Freedom Dancers, school choirs and much more.
Droylsden Christmas Lights Switch on    
Saturday 19 November 2-5.30pm     
Entertainment from the stage in the Civic square starts at 2pm, including performances from local dance groups. There will be children's fun fair rides, tombola, hot food and mulled wine. Captain America and Tameside Huskies will be making guest appearance before a community lantern parade in the shopping centre at 4.15pm.
Santa and the Civic Mayor will switch on the lights at 5.30pm.
There will also be a craft fair in ground floor of Concord Suite from 10am.
Audenshaw Lantern Parade and Christmas Fayre         
Wednesday 23 November 4pm onwards      
Community lantern parade and Christmas fayre including children’s rides, stalls, hot food, mulled wine and mince pies and school choir and brass band performances.
Mossley Light Festival and lights switch on        
Thursday 24 November 6-8pm         
Light festival and lights switch on event including a lantern parade through the town centre from 6.30pm and light switch on in the Market Place at 7.30pm
Denton Christmas Market and Lights Switch On            
Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 November (Christmas market)
Saturday 26 November 6pm (lights witch on)
Christmas market with 10 traditional Christmas cabin stalls selling food, drink, toys and novelties. Christmas lights switch on 26 November at 6pm with civic mayor, Father Christmas, children’s treats, Denton’s Got Talent, Santa’s post box and much more. Denton’s Got Talent will also be held on Saturday 26 November 2-4pm with the final on Sunday 27 November 2-4pm.
Stalybridge Christmas Lights Switch On 
Saturday 26 November 5-6pm          
Entertainment in Grosvenor Square with Santa switching on the lights at 5.45pm. The Narrowboat Hazel will host a Santa’s Grotto in Armentieres Square from 6pm and Still Waters will offer free canal boat trips all afternoon.
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