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

Date published: 19 December 2019

Rochdale Pioneers 175th Anniversary, Christmas with Cantare, Santa’s Grotto, Pantomimes, Christmas Markets, Mad Friday Live Music, Carol Services, 5K Run, Carol Service to support people living with Dementia, Rochdale Gramophone Society and Empire Christmas Party - 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

Queen’s Park Café Christmas Markets – Queen’s Park, Sat 21 & Sun 22 Dec, 11am

Local traders will sell their produce with lots of delicious festive food and treats available.


Cinderella – Middleton Arena, Sat 21 & Sun 22 Dec, various times

Have a ball at the most magical pantomime of them all!


  • Friday 20 December

Rochdale Gramophone Society – St George’s Church Hall, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

This week the title is Turkish Delight with presenter Martin Wynn.


Father Christmas tours Middleton – 7pm – 9pm

Visiting Marquess Way, Viscount Drive + West Green, Walker Street, Boardman Lane, Foxall Street and Wellens Way.


Live Music: The Scattering Christmas Gig – The Flying Horse Hotel, band on 10pm

The annual Scattering Christmas bash on Mad Friday!


Live Music: Ryan Gilmour – Vicolo del Vino, music from 9pm

All the decades, all the tunes!


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

Bringing you the experience of actually being at an Oasis gig.


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


  • Saturday 21 December

Christmas Carols in Wardle Library – Wardle Library, 10am

Wardle Village Church will be singing carols in Wardle Library from 10am.


Santa's Grotto – Touchstones Rochdale, 10.15am – 4pm

Creative fun and meet Santa. Each child will receive a gift.


Together (play about the founding of the Cooperative Movement) – Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 2pm

Celebrating the 175th anniversary since the Rochdale Pioneers shop opened.


Carol Service to support people living with Dementia – Bamford Chapel & Norden URC, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Service for people living with dementia and their families.


175 years of Co-operation in Rochdale: Celebration at 31 Toad Lane – Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 4pm – 7pm

Music from Littleborough and Wardle Brass Band, festive treats and the opportunity to get closer to the Pioneers through access to records from our collections.


Christmas with Cantare – St Edmund’s Church, 6.30pm

Festive music with Rochdale’s foremost female voice choir.


Live Music: Ultimate UB40 - Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 4am

Birmingham's very own superstars of reggae UB40.


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


  • Sunday 22 December

The Ian Holloway 70th Birthday Cowm 5K – From the Cock & Magpie Pub, Whitworth, 11.15am

Hosted by Andems Runners assisted by Rochdale Harriers. Entry fee is £4.


Candlelit Carol Service - Rochdale Parish Church of St Chad's, Sparrow Hill, Rochdale Town Centre, 3pm

Featuring the wonderful church choir, full peal of bells and historic pipe organ.


Empire Christmas Party ft Slade Tribute Band – Empire Rochdale, 6pm – 2am

Established in 2000, SLYDE is a Slade tribute band who performs all over the world.


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



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