Our guide to what you can do in and around the borough this weekend
Date published: 12 December 2019
Meet Santa and have a ride on a miniature train at Springfield Park's Santa Special Train Rides - Sunday 15 December, 12noon - 3pm
Santa Special Train Rides at Springfield Park, Civic Carol Service, Free Senior Citizen Christmas Party, Father Christmas tours Middleton, Nutters Christmas Market, Christmas with the Houghton Weavers, Ladies Night, Fashion Show, Brass Band Evening, Drugs Awareness Workshop, Climate Carols, Crescent Radio: Celebrating 20 Years of Broadcasting and Elvis tribute - lots to do in and around the borough this weekend.
- Christmas Events - A busy programme of festive events and activities is taking place throughout the Rochdale borough this festive season. Visit the link below for all the Christmas events listed on Rochdale Online, including church services, carol concerts and Santa's grotto:
- Events happening all weekend
MAD Theatre Company presents 'Genteel' and 'A Christmouse Carol' - Butterworth Hall, Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec, various times
Watch Christmas plays, take part in a quiz and enjoy refreshments.
Queen’s Park Café Christmas Markets – Queen’s Park, Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec, 11am
Local traders will sell their produce with lots of delicious festive food and treats available.
Cinderella – Middleton Arena, Fri 13, Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec, various times
Have a ball at the most magical pantomime of them all!
- Friday 13 December
Christmas Brass Band Evening – Gordon Rigg Garden Centre Rochdale, band 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Get into the festive spirit with a pie and pea supper and music played by Littleborough Brass Band.
Nutters Christmas Markets – Nutters Restaurant, 5pm – 10pm
Artisan stall cabins, drink tents, live music and meet Elsa and Hans from Frozen.
Father Christmas tours Middleton – 7pm – 9pm
Starting at Monmouth Street then to Larchview Road, Oakdene Road, Elmbank Road, Birchwood Road, Aspinall St, Cedar Road, Sandy Lane, Davids Farm Close, Whiteley Drive, Neilson Close and Compton Way.
Fashion Show – Heywood Cricket Club, 7.30pm – 11.30pm
Ladies High Street brands at super low prices.
Ladies Night – The Willows, Heywood, 7.30pm
Prosecco, drag show performance and disco.
Live Music: The Swing Kings – Vicolo del Vino, music from 9pm
Swing, Soul, Classics and bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Live Music: AC/DC UK – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am
Tribute to ACDC.
For a full list of Friday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:
- Saturday 14 December
Syke Christmas Coffee Morning – Syke Methodist Church, 10am – 12noon
Festive coffee morning for all.
Adult Craft Workshops: Origami Christmas Decorations – Touchstones Rochdale, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Join artist Alison Cooper to create a range of festive paper origami pieces.
Climate Carols – Rochdale Parish Church of St Chad’s, 11.30am start
An alternative carol concert for the climate crisis. Drinks and mince pies from 11am.
Messy Church – Moorhouse Methodist Church, 4pm – 6pm
Fun time of worship, crafts and food.
Drugs Awareness Workshop – Deeplish Community Centre, 5pm – 7pm
There will be talks by GMP, ex-convicts and more. Raising awareness, saving lives.
'Jazzy Christmas' Fundraising Piano Concert – St Mary in the Baum, 5pm
All money raised will go to local charity Jolly Josh.
Middleton Band presents Christmas with the Houghton Weavers – St Michael’s Church, doors 7pm, entertainment from 8pm
Join Middleton Band and guests the Houghton Weavers for an evening of folk and festivities.
A Christmas Concert - Littleborough Brass Band & Sing! Littleborough - Littleborough United Reform Church, 7pm
With special guests Coronation Street's Debbie Webster and Sue Devaney.
A Bluesy Winter’s Night – St Edmund’s Church Falinge, 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Evening of live Blues and Americana music. Proceeds going towards the upkeep of St. Edmund’s.
Live Music: Soul Revolution - Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am
Christmas special - 12 Piece Funk & Soul Band.
For a full list of Saturday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:
- Sunday 15 December
Children's Christmas Party 2019 – Rochdale Masonic Ballroom, 10.30am – 2pm
Sweets, cakes, colouring, games, Dazzle the Clown and laughter for all.
Santa Special Train Rides at Springfield Park – Springfield Park, 12noon – 3pm
Meet Santa who will be there to greet the children and have a ride on our miniature trains.
Empire Rochdale & Springhill Hospice: Free Senior Citizen Christmas Party – Empire Rochdale, 1pm – 6pm
With over four live performances, a super prize raffle draw, tombola and free buffet.
Civic Carol Service – St John the Baptist RC Church, 3pm
With the Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale, the annual service brings together dignitaries and public of all faiths from across the borough of Rochdale.
Crescent Radio - Celebrating 20 Years of Broadcasting – Rochdale Town Hall, 5pm – 8pm
Live performances, stalls, raffle and meet current and past radio presenters.
Elvis Tribute – Mercure Norton Grange Hotel & Spa, 6pm – 1am
Have a dance and sing whilst listening to live entertainment.
Jazz on a Sunday – Newtown National Club, doors open 7.15pm
With the Aire Valley Jazz Band.
For a full list of Sunday’s events see the Rochdale Online Events Diary:
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