Knutsford kicked off it’s Christmas Preparations in style this weekend with a day of Lantern Making with Handmade Parade! The workshops saw over 40 children create lanterns designed to fit in with the theme and colours of the feature lanterns which will lead the parade at 5pm on 10th December from St Cross Church through the Town Centre. The Parade will finish outside the Lost and Found on Princes St where participants can enjoy a warming drink as they join in with Carols at the Community Crib Service.
The focus of the Christmas events, however takes place this weekend with the Christmas Market and the light switch on this Saturday! This year the market, which runs from 12 noon to 7pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday, features 138 traders – which makes it the largest Christmas Market to date and the perfect place to purchase some unique and handmade gifts for you loved ones.
This year’s Market also coincides with Small Business Saturday, making it the perfect time to support the shop and restaurants of Knutsford whilst supporting the market too!
Festive family fun is the order of the day, with a fairground on Princess St Car park, Stockley Farm on Princess St and the ever-popular Snow globe on Silk Mill Street. The main event of the day is the Reindeer Parade with Santa at 5pm and Christmas Light switch on at 6pm which always draws the crowds.
Canute Place will be transformed into an entertainment and food hub, meaning that visitors can take a break from the shopping and enjoy some hot food washed down with Tatton Beer, Prosecco, Mulled Wine or Cocktails whilst listening to the festive entertainment emanating from the stage from 1pm to 7pm. The superb array of entertainment includes Rock Choir, Tatton Singers, Rokit, SMB Dance, Zoe Unsworth and ex Academy pupil Josh Whittaker.
To enable the Christmas Weekend events to take place safely, road closures will be in place across the weekend. On Saturday 3rd December there will be a rolling road closure along King St from 5pm to 5.30pm to enable Santa and his reindeer to parade through the town.
Canute Place will be closed from 7am to 8pm on Saturday to enable the stage to be set up for the Light Switch On.
Princess Street will close from 7am to 8pm on Saturday 3rd and from 6am to 7pm on Sunday 4th for the Christmas Market. For more information please call 01565 652929.