A classic Christmas treat is in store for shoppers visiting Bolton town centre this festive season.
To get people in the festive mood, Bolton Council is launching a Christmas Film Club featuring three of the best-loved films for this time of year.
The films will be shown in the comfortable surroundings of the Lecture Theatre, situated in Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, and are hoped to provide a welcome rest for people doing their Christmas shopping in the town centre.
Film fans of all ages will love the 1954 classic, White Christmas, which will be shown on Wednesday, December 19.
Featuring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, the American musical is a feel-good love story set at Christmas time and including the title song White Christmas.
Refreshments will be on sale in the Lecture Theatre cinema by town centre café Capuccino’s (based in the Market Place Shopping Centre), and audiences can even enjoy lunch in the Dido Restaurant at the town hall beforehand.
On Saturday, December 22 the whole family can settle down to watch the animated adventure, Polar Express, featuring Tom Hanks in six different roles.
This 2004 fantasy tells the enchanting tale of a boy who boards a magical train on Christmas Eve, bound for the North Pole and the home of Santa Claus.
A fun treat for children and adults alike awaits audiences on Sunday, December 30 with the Muppet Christmas Carol.
Produced by Jim Henson Productions, the fabulous Muppet crew take on the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, starring Michael Caine as Scrooge. The 1992 musical is still as entertaining as it was 20 years ago.
The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “This year we really have got something for everyone. As well as all the activity on Victoria Square, such as the ice rink, festive market and the Bolton Town Centre Shop, we’ve also thought of those people who like to get away from the hustle and bustle.
“The Christmas Film Club will offer people the opportunity to spend a couple of hours in the warm, watching a big screen classic – all for a very small entry fee. Refreshments will be available to buy to make it a great afternoon out in Bolton.”
In addition to the films, which will be shown at 2pm, audiences can take part in family-friendly craft activities from 11am to noon prior to the Polar Express and Muppet Christmas Carol screenings.
The activities are free and will be held in the Children’s Library, Le Mans Crescent.
All films cost just £1 per person. To find out more or to order tickets in advance people can call into the Bolton Town Centre Shop in Victoria Square. Alternatively, people can pay on the door.
Free parking is available in the town centre multi-storey car parks, at Deane Road, Topp Way, The Octagon and Bow Street, after 3pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday until January 27.