Macclesfield’s countdown to Christmas will begin with the big switch on event – Saturday 1st December – as well as a special ceremony to remember loved ones lost, on Thursday 6th December.
Macclesfield Christmas lights ‘big switch on’
Starting at midday on Saturday 1st December.
Local bands will be providing stage entertainment and there will be Christmas market stalls, a craft fair, a chance to visit Santa in his grotto (in the Town Hall, until 3.30pm) plus face painting, carol singers, children’s entertainment, a Father Christmas parade and a firework display following the switch on at 5pm.
Helena Gowler, community engagement officer for Macclesfield Town Council, commented: “We have added a few extra festive treats into this years switch on event.
“These include the Santa’s grotto which will be in the Town Hall for the first time and Victorian carol singers who will be entertaining people all around the town centre.”
Helena added: “We hope that lots of people join us to welcome the Christmas season to Macclesfield and of course to see the lights switched on.”
Macclesfield ‘Tree of Light’
On Thursday 6th December, at 5.30pm, people are invited to gather together around the Market Place Christmas Tree in memory of loved ones to sing carols and reflect on their memories at what can often be a challenging time of year.
Helena said: “Last year we moved the event from the crematorium to the town centre.
“We had all the bad weather on one day; snow, sleet, high winds and driving rain.
“Despite that, St Michael’s Church opened up to offer a warm welcome and over 600 people braved the weather to come together and remember their loved ones, demonstrating that there is a real need for this type of event in the town.”
In the lead up to the event, people are invited to write a message on a star which will be hung on the tree before the get together.
Stars can be collected from Macclesfield Visitor Information Centre, Macclesfield United Reformed Church, St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield Cemetery office or the Santander branch on Mill Street.
These must be returned back to one of the hubs by Friday 9th November so that they can be prepared and hung on the tree.
People are encouraged to come along to the event on 6th December to see all of the memory stars on the tree, to join in with the carols led by All Hallows Catholic College, and reflect in memory of someone special.
For any queries, please contact Helena Gowler at Macclesfield Town Council via [email protected] or 01625 374 142.