Our guide to what you can do in and around the borough this weekend

Date published: 06 December 2018

Santa Dash or Dawdle, Middleton’s Christmas Float Tours The Streets, Treasure Island, Christmas Pantomimes, Christmas Wine Tasting, Launch of Bamford & Norden Dementia Friendly Café, Xmas Factor, Wheatsheaf Winter Wonderland, Breakfast with Santa and Live Music - lots to do in and around the borough this weekend.

  • Events happening all weekend

Christmas Events - Whether you fancy a festive shopping trip to a Christmas Fair or Market, a night out with friends, taking the kids to a panto or to see Santa, singing along to your favourite carols, or making something crafty for Christmas - we have something listed for you:


Treasure Island – The Curtain Theatre, running until Saturday 15 December

There’s digging, sailing and singing going down at Rochdale’s Curtain Theatre this December with a 19-strong cast of pirates, grandmas, cabin boys and parrots.


MAD Theatre Company presents CinderAlf! – Butterworth Hall, Sat 8 & Sun 9 Dec, 2.30pm – 4.35pm & 7.30pm – 9.45pm

A twist on the traditional tale of Cinderella, as Cinderella is now CinderAlfred.


Christmas Pantomime: Aladdin – Middleton Arena from Fri 7 to Sun 30 Dec, shows at various times

Join Shone Productions this Christmas for their biggest, brightest and most magical Pantomime yet... Aladdin!


  • Friday 7 December

Launch of Bamford & Norden Dementia Friendly Café – Bamford Chapel & Norden United Reformed Church, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

A new welcoming venue for people living with dementia and their carers, family & friends.


Diabetes Awareness – Castlemere Community Centre, 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Helping the community to take preventative measures and learn more on diabetes.


Christmas Wine Tasting – Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 6.30pm – 8pm

Come and find out from the experts how to choose the perfect seasonal tipple.


The Rotary Club of Middleton Christmas Float – Alkrington, 6.40pm – 9pm

Friday sees the float in Alkrington = Worcester Road, Malvern Road, Boardman Fold Road, Evesham Rd, Walsingham Avenue, Tenbury Avenue, Brackley Drive, Banbury Rd.


Family Quiz Night – Syke Methodist Church, 7pm

Come along to our festive Quiz Night with refreshments. All good fun.


Live Music: The Oasis Experience - Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

A tribute to Oasis, this band were born from a mutual high regard for the Mancunian mayhem makers.


For a full list of Friday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:


  • Saturday 8 December

Breakfast with Santa – Queen’s Park Café, 10.30am

Children can enjoy breakfast, make tree decorations and meet and greet santa himself. Running every Saturday in December.


The Wheatsheaf Winter Wonderland – The Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, 11am – 3pm

See Father Christmas storytelling 'The Night Before Christmas' as well as slime workshops, elf trail, face painting and live performances.


Cabin of Curiosity’s Xmas Factor – Touchstones Rochdale, 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

Icelandic Ogres, Greek Goblins, German Witches and French Scarecrows compete for the crown of the Xmas Factor – all judged by you!


Skylight Circus Arts Grand Exhibition – Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre, 1.30pm

Live exhibition with special guests from our Mr Kite cast, followed by a free circus workshop.


Ladies Festive Afternoon Tea – Clock Tower Restaurant, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Featuring a raffle and tombola, this is a fundraising event for The Gem Appeal charity.


Christmas Dinner Dance in aid of Rochdale & District MS Society – Rochdale Golf Club, 7pm

Organised by Rochdale MS Society, for £25 a ticket you can join the Christmas dinner and a splendid evening of fabulous food and entertainment.


Seasonal Concert – All Saints and Martyrs Church, 7.30pm

A concert of seasonal and other songs given by Rochdale Retirement Choir.


Live Music: Tribute to Adam and the Ants – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

ANTMUSIC is the ultimate tribute show to the music of Adam and the Ants.


For a full list of Saturday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:


  • Sunday 9 December

Santa Dash or Dawdle – Hollingworth Lake, registration from 10am, 11am start

Start your festive celebrations by becoming a Springhill Santa and dressing to impress at this year's Dash or Dawdle.


Middleton Craft & Food Market Christmas event – Middleton Masonic Hall, 10am – 3pm

We will have over 45 incredible talented crafters just for you, with amazing Christmas ideas & presents for your loved ones.


Christmas Concert – Hallfold United Reformed Church, 2.30pm

Sunday afternoon concert by Katarina Sirotnakova Wilson (accordianist) and St Thomas Moorside Handbell Ringers. Traditional Slovakian & British Christmas music.


Civic Carol Service – Rochdale Parish Church of St Chad’s, 3pm

Join the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale for a festive celebration at St Chad's. All are welcome.


Frozen in the Snow Children’s Party – Mercure Norton Grange Hotel & Spa

Bring the children along to our much loved Anna and Elsa live show with a delicious family buffet, entertainment and face painting.


Queen’s Park Christmas Market – Queen’s Park Café, 11.30am

Looking for those Christmas gifts? We will have a large variety of stalls for you to browse.


Christmas Wreath Making Workshop – St James Church, Heywood, 6pm

Make a professional looking wreath to your own design and colour scheme for your home.


For a full list of Sunday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:


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