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Christmas in Wigan Borough

Spectacular family-friendly shows, reindeer trails and magical festivals, there’s something to get everyone in the Christmas spirit this winter in Wigan borough.

Love is a Rebellious Bird

Curators Al and Al unite artists from across the region for the next exhibition at ‘The Fire Within’. Four new sections will be open to the public under the theme ‘Love is a Rebellious Bird’, which brings together activists, poets and artists from across the region to share new perspectives on the world. Come and explore the borough’s impressive history, art and culture.

New for 2019 - Frost Festival

  • Saturday 14th December 2019
  • Mesnes Park
  • 11am – 4.30pm
  • Fireworks at 4.15pm
  • Free entry and suitable for all ages

Recapture the wonder of a childhood Christmas and join us in Mesnes Park for a well-earned dose of Christmas magic.

Wrap up and enter our enchanted wonderland full of mystical lanterns, cosy story-telling, music, pop-up performances, craft workshops and topped off with a fireworks spectacular. There’ll be an opportunity to buy gifts for loved ones from a selection of local makers and lots of great food and drink to choose from.

Reindeer Trail in Wigan and Leigh

Father Christmas’s reindeer have escaped and are hiding around Wigan and Leigh. From 30th November until the big day help Father Christmas track down all of his reindeer friends ready to get his team together before Christmas eve.

Maps will be available to download from the 30th November to help get you started on your reindeer adventure.

Wigan lights switch-on

  • Thursday 14th November 2019
  • 5.30pm - 7pm

The festive season officially launches in Wigan town centre with Wigan’s Christmas Cracker lights switch-on.

The ever-popular event will start at 5.30pm in Market Place with a Greatest Showman themed performance, followed by stage shows from Aladdin and a Minions Meltdown Show plus an exciting interactive Jedi Training Show.

CBBC star Hacker T Dog will also be entertaining the crowds building up to the 7pm switch-on.

This year’s jam-packed lights switch-on is a partnership between the Grand Arcade, Galleries and Wigan Council.

Wigan Santa parade

  • Sunday 17th November 2019
  • 1pm - 4pm

From 1pm Santa and his reindeer will make their way through the town centre to Believe Square where children and their families can get up close with the reindeers. The fun continues down at Market Place with a live stage show showcasing local performers, attractions and festive stalls until 4pm.

Leigh Christmas show

  • Thursday 21st November 2019
  • 5pm - 7pm

Festivities arrive in Leigh when the Christmas Show returns with a fairground, fireworks and live entertainment.

Leigh’s Christmas event has been organised along with Wish FM, with a fantastic line-up of live performances from local artists on the bill.

Leigh Santa parade

  • Sunday 24th November 2019
  • 1pm - 4pm

Santa’s Reindeer Parade will begin on Spinning Gate car park from 1pm with live entertainment and family-friendly activities until 4pm. Please note the car park will be closed on the day for this event.


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