It's the most wonderful time of year

It's the most wonderful time of year

With two more events added to this year’s festive calendar as well as a new interactive reindeer trail this Christmas promises to be even better.

We’ve got ten reindeers dotted about Wigan and Leigh town centres, all named after famous local people including Martha, after Martha Hogg and Hendrix – the star of our first Christmas film. The reindeers have been made by volunteers at Men in Sheds – a service run by Age UK to support older men who want to get together, share and learn new skills. To help Father Christmas locate his missing reindeer before the big day, visit our website to download a map and use the clues to locate them.

This weekend (Saturday 14th December) Mesnes Park will transform into an enchanted winter wonderland when Frost Festival arrives in town. This all new family-friendly event for 2019 will give visitors the chance to enter a world of mystical lanterns, story-telling, craft workshops, live music and pop-up performances. Some of Father Christmas’ reindeer may be hiding in the park too!

Over in Leigh we’ll be hosting Jingle All Th’ Way on the same day with festive street entertainment including live street performances, entertainment and acts along Bradshawgate. If you’re heading to either of these events in Wigan and Leigh don’t forget to take advantage of our free council car parking offer.

We’re also hoping to spread some festive cheer at Leigh St John’s next week as Rudolph the bin wagon delivers presents to children who may not get a present this Christmas. Last year we managed to collect more than 200 toys for the appeal. If you’d like to donate a toy or selection box, find out further information.

Christmas is a time for giving, but that doesn’t mean spending lots of money on expensive gifts. The gift of time is the most precious gift you can give to your loved ones this year.

Have a wonderful Christmas,

Councillor David Molyneux,

Leader of Wigan Council

Posted on Friday 13th December 2019
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