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Christmas in Knutsford

Christmas in Knutsford

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.

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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.

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Lantern Parade

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Deputy Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin, with her Lantern for the parade!

Knutsford Town Council is launching a new Christmas event for 2014 and would love you to be involved! The Town’s first Lantern Parade will be taking place from 4pm on Saturday 6th December starting from St Cross Church. The event ties in with the Christmas Tree Festival giving those taking part an opportunity to enjoy both family friendly events!

The parade will proceed through the Moor, King St, Minshull Street, Canute Place, Princess Street and Church Hill before finishing back on the Moor and will be an opportunity for Knutsfordians to get into the Christmas spirit and fit in some Christmas shopping at the Town’s retailers.

Two free Lantern Making Workshops have also been arranged to accompany the event to get the whole community involved or if you prefer to make a lantern at home, you can find instructions here. The workshops are being held on Saturday 22nd November from 10am to 1pm at Jubilee Hall, Stanley Road and on Saturday 6th December from 10am to 1pm at the Welcome, Longridge. Those wanting to attend either of the workshops must book in advance as places are limited.

Manor Park Primary School and Poppies Day Nursery have already got behind the event and will be making lanterns with their students for them to take along on the night.

Deputy Town Clerk, Lisa Benskin said “this is a fantastic opportunity for families to enjoy a Christmas craft activity and then come along to the parade on the 6th December and show off their fantastic willow lanterns as we light up the Knutsford night sky. If successful the hope is that this could become an annual event for the Town so the more people that get involved the better!”

For more details about the Lantern Parade, to register the interest of your group or school in taking part or to book a place at one of the Workshops contact Lisa Benskin on 01565 653929 or email

Photograph courtesy of the Knutsford Guardian

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