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A spectacular winter carnival will launch Tameside’s Christmas celebrations in style.

The borough-wide Northern Lights event will be held in Stalybridge on Saturday 16 November and will include a dazzling lantern parade as well as beautiful and atmospheric lights showcasing key features of the town.

It will be the first of the many Christmas celebrations being planned, with the community, for towns across the borough.

The lantern parade, which starts at 5pm, will culminate in Armentieres Square with entertainment and a Christmas lights switch on from approximately 6.15pm.

Celebrations will also include a Christmas Craft Market in Stalybridge Civic Hall on the day from 11am, with a fun fair and wide variety of festive and artisan stalls including delicious food and drink.

Tameside Council has successfully applied for Arts Council funding and is working with international festival specialists Global Grooves to stage the event.

Any dance troops, bands or community groups that would like to take part can email

There will also be opportunities for families and individuals to get involved in lantern making workshops at Astley Cheetham Art Gallery on 2 and 9 November, just drop in between 10.30am and 1pm. Community groups and schools can also book lantern making workshops by emailing

In addition to the Tameside wide event, there will also be more local community led Christmas celebration events – supported by the council – in other towns as detailed below. As part of this, there will also be new, more contemporary and environmentally friendly Christmas lighting on key civic buildings and features in each town.

Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for culture Cllr Leanne Feeley said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s Christmas celebrations – we’re working with towns and the community to plan some fantastic festive events and we really want people to get involved, while supporting their local towns and traders.

“I’m particularly excited about the Tameside wide event being held in Stalybridge this year. The lantern parade promises to be a real spectacle and the town will look especially beautiful and atmospheric with key features illuminated for the event.

“There are lots of opportunities for community groups to get involved and for everyone to take part in lantern making workshops at the wonderful Astley Cheetham Art Gallery. The Christmas market in Stalybridge Civic Hall is an added attraction. It should be a fabulous celebration for all to enjoy.”

For full details of Christmas events see


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