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Whitworth Santa Express

04 December 2020 - 05 December 2020

Friday 04 December 2020 - Saturday 05 December 2020
6pm - 8pm



As the annual Lights Switch On won’t be possible this year, fantastic volunteers have come up with an alternative idea of something they can deliver to the community safely without social contact - a Santa Express.

Father Christmas will be travelling through Whitworth village in a custom built sleigh between 6pm and 8pm on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 December. He will be sledding between Broadley and Shawforth and calling at most of the residential areas on the way, driving slowly to allow families to wave as he passes by.

It would be impossible to cover every single street, but the volunteers have worked hard to ensure that you won’t have far to go to see him drive by.

Children who live in Whitworth are encouraged to take part in a colouring competition ahead of the event. Draw and colour a picture of Santa on his sleigh and make sure to include your name, age, address, and a contact telephone number for your responsible adult. You can use a drawing app or draw the traditional way and scan it in, you can even make a moving picture in scratch or a similar application if you wish. Email entries should be submitted to by Monday 23 November.

The route for the Santa Express across both days is as follows:

  • Friday 4 December

6.00pm Tesco Express
6.10pm Riddiough Court / Masseycroft
6.20pm Orama Drive (by the bridge)
6.30pm Greenbrook House
6.35pm New Way / Cock & Magpie
6.40pm Halfway House
6.50pm Barley View
7.00pm Leavengreave Court / Valley View
7.10pm Knowsley Crescent
7.20pm Britannia (as far as New Line)
7.30pm Facit Fold
7.40pm Edward Street
7.50pm Longacres Drive

  • Saturday 5 December

6.00pm Co-op
6.05pm Red Lion
6.20pm Waingap View (via Coppice Drive)
6.30pm - 6.40pm Tonacliffe Road (including Tonacliffe Way)
6.40pm - 6.50pm along Market Street
6.50pm Westgate
7.00pm Wallbank Drive
7.10pm Eastgate
7.20pm Lloyd Street, Rawstron Street and Tong Lane

Please note - times and route may vary due to traffic and weather conditions.

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