Victoria Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland tomorrow (Saturday, November 30).
A 200 square metre ice rink will take centre stage and a skating Snow Queen will treat crowds to a show stopping performance at 10.30am before the rink opens to the public at 11am.
Future Olympic hopeful, 13-year-old ice skater Harriet Beeston will also be at the official opening.
The ice rink will open from November 30 to January 5, 2014. Opening hours are: Saturdays from 10am to 7.30pm, Sundays from 11am to 5.30pm. Hours during the week vary as the ice rink will also be used by school groups. Please check www.visitbolton.com/winterwonderland for the latest information.
The rink will be open on Christmas Eve from 10am to 4pm, closed on Christmas Day, and open on Boxing Day from 11am to 4.15pm.
One hour’s skating, including skate hire, costs: £5 for adults; £2.50 for under-16s, and £3.50 for senior citizens and students. Family tickets at £10 cover two adults and two children or one adult and three children.
A free Santa’s grotto will also open on Victoria Square on November 30 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.
Real reindeer will also be making a welcome return to Bolton after proving a big hit for the last two years. They will be on Victoria Square every Saturday from November 30 until December 22, between 11.30am to 4.30pm.
A giant wheel and a four-day festive market will also join the winter wonderland on December 12.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “This Christmas there is something for everyone to enjoy in our festive programme. Tomorrow people will see the town centre transformed in to a winter wonderland with the welcome return of the ice rink, free Santa’s grotto and reindeer. And 12 days after a giant wheel, and a festive market will be joining the celebrations.
"People can do their shopping, have a great day out and park for free this Christmas in Bolton. As a council we want to do everything we can to bring shoppers in to town, help our residents and support our town centre businesses.”
Free parking is in operation weekdays after 3pm at Deane Road, Topp Way and the Octagon multi-storey car parks until Friday, January 10, 2014. 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.