Towns countdown to festive season

Garstang Christmas Lights switch on
Garstang Christmas Lights switch on

Garstang and Longridge are gearing up for their pre Christmas festivities, with the first event taking place on Monday, November 26.

The afternoon (from 2pm) will see free parking on Garstang’s car park, an effort to attract even more crowds than usual to the annual Christmas tree lights switch on ceremony and blessing of the crib.

The switch on will involve the mayors of Garstang and Wyre, Couns Sandra Perkins and Don Lawrenson, as well as local councillors, town trust members, local school children and members of the community.

The switch on will be near the market cross at about 4.40pm.

Spokesman for Garstang Chamber of Trade, Mr Damian Carr said: “It is always a wonderful, magical occasion which is enjoyed by the whole community.

“We would like to welcome the people of Garstang and district to share with us in the switching on of the Christmas tree lights.”

The lights on both the Christmas tree and around the town will continue to twinkle until early January, adding to the festive atmophere in the town.

Next month, on December 10 and 11, will see one of the town’s biggest crowd pullers, the annual Victorian Festival, a feature of Garstang now for many years.

It brings in thousands of people over two nights of fun, feasting and shopping. Most shops, cafes and businesses open until late.

It is also an opportunity for locals and visitors to don Victorian costumes.

As part of the build-up to Christmas, Garstang St Thomas’s church will hold a Christmas tree festival from December 6 to December 15.

At Longridge the run-up will see the town’s Christmas festival on Thursday, December 6, between 6pm and 8pm.

Organiser-in-chief Thomas Calderbank promises an exciting night in store for everyone.

“It’s a new and exciting night for all the family so let us make it a night to remember. We are lucky to have such varied shops that offer the personal touch, with special gifts for all.”

Local businesses will exhibit their wares in the Old Station, as Longridge is home to more businesses than those based just in the town centre.

In the event’s tradition Longridge Youth Club will be running the Grotto with help from Youth Club staff.

Longridge CE School will again host their popular Christmas market and fair in the school hall.

There is free entry, refreshments, raffles and tombolas, all raising money for the school’s PTFA.

At the Heritage Centre in The Old Station the theme is a ‘Christmas Stories’ with a display showing scenes from famous festive books, poems and songs.