Celebrating Christmas in Rochdale

As Noddy Holder once famously said, it’s Christmas! 

The festive season is upon us once more, and Rochdale is gearing up for the best one yet. You won’t just find decorations on the trees as we prepare to swath the town in fairy lights, beautiful ornaments and seasonal cheer. But more importantly, there’s a lot of parties to be going to, which is exactly why we’re here.

If you haven’t made any plans just yet, you’re in luck – here are some of our best festive events of the season for you and the family to enjoy!


Whitworth Christmas Lights Official Switch On

To light up the dark winter sky, Whitworth’s Christmas lights will officially be switched on outside the Whitworth Civic Hall at 6:00pm on Sunday the 24th of November.

As the lights begin to sparkle, you’ll be invited to join in the fun as we revel in live entertainment from the Whitworth Vale and Healey Youth Band, followed by a visit from the man of the hour himself. The children of Whitworth will finally find out if they did enough to be on the nice list as santa pulls up to his amazing grotto and hands out gifts to the deserving girls and boys. 

Are you ready to make some memories?

For more information on the event, contact Melanie Hearn (Town Clerk at Whitworth Town Council) on 01706 852018, you can email: info@whitworth.gov.uk or phone the Riverside direct on 01706 854130.


Santa’s Grotto

Sure to be a great afternoon for all the family, Touchstones will be receiving a special visit from Santa Claus himself as he does his rounds in the busy build up to Christmas. 

On Saturday the 14th of December, Santa will be doing a magical meet and greet from 10:15am till 4:00pm, with each child who visits the big man in red receiving a special gift to take home. The perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with your family.

Spaces are limited for this event so booking is essential before visiting, with tickets at £9 per child. Each session lasts for 45 minutes and will include creative activities to keep all the family merry, so book your place now and give your child a special memory they won’t soon forget.

To book a place for this special occasion you can contact the Touchstones Rochdale on 01706 924928 or book online here. 


Victoria’s Christmas Ball

Whether it’s your only night away from the kids or you just need a good uplift of Christmas magic then this event could be that touch of festive spirit you need! 

On Friday the 20th of December at 7:00pm, Rochdale Town Hall will be transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland for those lucky enough to acquire tickets to this spectacular evening. 

Upon entry, you’ll be greeted by the sounds of live entertainment, stunning seasonal canapes and traditional festive décor, all followed by a stunning 4-course set menu, specifically designed by the head chef for the occasion. 

Once the dinner’s over, it’s time to dance the night away!

To book or make enquiries for this spectacular event, you can email townhall.bookings@rochdale.gov.uk or contact Rochdale Town Hall on 01706 924797.


That’s a Wrap!

Christmas in Rochdale – it’s sounding pretty good isn’t it? We hope you have a blast!

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