Meet reindeer at festive market 

Emma Owen, from Oakleigh Fair, with one of the reindeer

A pair of real reindeer will be in town for Bolton’s festive market on Wednesday, December 15.

The reindeer, who recently met boyband McFly, are coming to Victoria Square with Father Christmas on Wednesday, December 15.

Shoppers can pet and feed the pair of reindeer, watch a falconry display with a barn owl, and take photos with Santa in his sleigh, from 1.15pm to 4pm.

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Development and Regeneration Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, said: “We’re really excited about real reindeer coming to Bolton. Visitors will actually be able to get up close and touch them at no charge.

“Wednesday marks the official launch of our festive market. We’ve got lots of great food and gift stalls joining our continental traders, plus free entertainment and family friendly activities.”

One year-old reindeer Bubble and Squeak and barn owl Tom were invited by McFly to their North London home for filming for their new website Super City.

All subscribers this month will get a special McFly advent calendar starring the pair of reindeer.

Emma Owen, from Oakleigh Fair who supplied the reindeer, said: “The boys loved them. We were there most of the day and Tom, our barn owl, really bonded with Danny, who’s from Bolton.”

The festive event, which is being sponsored by Sky, will run until Sunday, December 19.

Thirty traders from across the north west will join European stallholders on Wednesday, December 15.

Face painting, craft workshops and magic shows will take place in a giant igloo from Wednesday, December 15 to Saturday, December 18.

Free entertainment in the marquee includes the return of the musical quintet Red Hot Santas and life-sized Christmas crackers singing carols.

Children can also take rides from £3 with Father Christmas in his magical sleigh from Thursday, December 16 to Sunday, December 19. Meeting point is Victoria Square.

Shoppers can enter a free prize draw for the chance to win tickets to a show at the Octagon; a £50 voucher for Marks and Spencer and The Crompton Place; and a personal shopper experience at Debenhams.

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