Festive treats for shoppers 

Santa and reindeer

Real reindeer, a free Santa’s grotto and street entertainment will provide a magical experience in Bolton town centre this Christmas.

Victoria Square has been transformed into a winter wonderland and a packed programme has been organised by Bolton Council to pull in visitors to the town centre.

As well as a 200 square metre ice rink, a giant wheel, and a four day festive market on Newport Street, a whole host of other attractions are on offer.

A free Santa’s grotto is open on Victoria Square until December 22. The grotto will be open Thursdays, Fridays and weekends from 11.30am to 4.30pm. Children will receive a free small gift when they meet Father Christmas. Prior booking is not required.

Real reindeer will also be making a welcome return to Bolton after proving a big hit for the last two years. Shoppers can pet and feed a pair of reindeer on Victoria Square every Saturday from November 30 until December 22, between 11.30am to 4.30pm.

And council chiefs have also organised a programme of free entertainment including The Red Hot Santas and There’s Nothing Like a Dame.

On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can also board a musical train on Newport Street for free rides around the town centre.

The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We’ve got something for everyone in the town centre this Christmas and together with the free parking we’re sure this is going to pull in the crowds.

“There aren’t many places you can go to where you get the chance to meet real reindeer, watch some great street entertainment, visit Father Christmas for free and then have a go at skating and ride a giant wheel. Bolton really does have it all this Christmas and I’d encourage everyone to come down and enjoy the fun.”

Ticket prices and opening times vary for the ice rink and giant wheel, see http://www.visitbolton.com/winterwonderland. Tickets can be bought from a box office next to the ice rink or the wheel, or on the website for the rink only.

Free parking is in operation weekdays after 3pm and all day Saturday and Sunday until January 10, at Deane Road, Topp Way and the Octagon multi-storey car parks. Free parking is also available all day Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays until May 2014.

Bolton Council’s festive programme is sponsored by Bolton Wanderers Football Club and further information can be found at http://www.visitbolton.com/winterwonderland.



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