Shoppers will have the chance to tuck into a selection of tasty festive treats when Bolton’s Christmas market opens tomorrow (Saturday, December 9).
Cheese truckles, Bolton sausages and stone baked pizza are just some of the treats available at the market, which will be spread across Victoria Square, Newport Street, Deansgate, and Oxford Street.
Around 30 traders and two bars – one on Deansgate and the Alpine Ski Bar on Victoria Square – will open for business daily from 10am. Closing times vary.
Stalls will be selling a variety of cuisines from around the world plus other craft items.
The markets will be in town until December 20 and will join the giant ice rink, snow slide and Santa’s grotto to help give Bolton town centre that festive feeling.
Free donkey rides will also be available Sunday, December 10.
They are part of the council’s Winter Festival programme, organised in association with the University of Bolton.
The Winter Festival is on until January 7, 2018, to attract thousands of visitors and boost town centre trade over the festive period
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “Christmas is getting nearer and we want to make sure there are a variety of attractions for all the family.
“The market will be a great opportunity to get some presents for loved ones or just to sample some of the treats on offer.
“We have already lots of people come and skate on the ice rink, have a go on the slide and visit Santa’s grotto.
“Together with the market there really is something for everyone in our Christmas programme.”
The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Cllr Roger Hayes and Mrs Jaleh Hayes, will also host the Mayor’s Christmas Fair in the Albert Halls from 10am to 2pm.
Free parking is in operation weekdays after 3pm at Octagon, Topp Way, and Deane Road multi-storey car parks until Friday, January 5, 2018. Free parking is also available all day Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.
For more information visit www.boltonwinterfestival.com, @BoltonWinterFestival on Facebook or @BoltonWinterFes on Twitter.