Bolton Council is laying on a packed programme for the Christmas period to attract shoppers into the town centre.
And Manchester’s Christmas Markets’ supremo Arnd Baggen, will also be returning to Bolton for Christmas.
Bolton Council initially secured the services of Mr Baggen for the successful Food and Drink Festival in August.
He is bringing back a selection of traders selling specialist continental food and drink. A traditional Bavarian beerhouse selling six types of gluwein and German beers will also take centre stage in Victoria Square.
The continental traders will be in operation every day from December 5 until December 20. The stalls will be trading from 10am to 6pm and will stay open longer to coincide with late night shopping on Thursdays.
Running alongside the continental traders, a festive food and crafts market and a whole host of entertainment will be laid on in Victoria Square.
There’s plenty to tempt shoppers, from Christmas cakes, preserves and chutneys to pickles and sauces including a host of arts and craft stalls with handmade cards, soaps, jewellery, handbags and hair accessories.
The market will be open on Saturday December 5 and Sunday December 6, Friday 11 to Sunday 13 December and Friday 18 to Sunday 20 December.
A festive marquee will accompany the market with a whole host of performers and entertainers from brass bands to local singers, dancers and entertainers for all ages. The marquee will be open from 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays.
On Saturday December 5, from 10.30am to noon, Victoria Hall is arranging Christmas craft activities for children with a nativity play at the end of the morning.
There will be children’s entertainers, face painting and balloon modellers in the marquee on December 12 and 19.
And on Sunday 6 and 13 from noon to 12.30pm and from 1pm to 1.30pm shoppers can join in with Christmas carols.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris said: “It’s going to be a cracking Christmas with continental and local traders livening up the town centre. There will be more than 20 stalls selling seasonal food, drinks and gifts, with traditional entertainment for people. It’s great that we’ve secured Arnd Baggen again and we’re hoping that if the festive market formula works successfully this year, then we can look to doing something similar in future years.”
Laura White will be switching on Bolton’s Christmas Lights on Thursday, December 3. Follow Bolton’s Christmas lights switch-on live on Bolton Council's twitter feed.