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Rochdale Christmas Market and Lights Switch On

Sunday, 24 November 2019
Time: 1 PM - 5:30 PM
Christmas lights switch on.
Venue: Rochdale Town Hall
Address: ​The Esplanade, Rochdale
Postcode: OL16 1AB
Price: FREE
Suitable for: Families, Adults, Teenagers, Children
Facilities: Parking, Wheelchair accessible, Refreshments, Toilets
Event organised by: Rochdale Borough Council

This event has now finished. We'll update this page once we have the details of the next Christmas Lights switch on. Please note the details below refer to the 2019 event.

Rochdale Christmas Market

1pm-5.30pm, Rochdale Town Hall

Wrap up warm, drink steaming hot drinks and find unique gifts for your loved ones. Enjoy festive music while you browse as Wardle Community Band and Rochdale Music Service take to the stage.

Crowds at the festive market inside the town hall.

Stalls and food available inside Rochdale Town Hall

Mouth-watering food, drinks and gifts with beautiful stalls in the magnificent setting of the Great Hall including:

Christmas cards and gift wrapping stalls

  • CC Crafting Treasures - fairy accessories, Christmas Eve boxes, baubles, gift tags, cards and gifts
  • Chicadee Crafts - Santa sacks, stockings and Christmas cards
  • Crafty Cards - beautiful handmade Christmas cards, bags, stockings, tree skirts, cup cosies, bowl cosies and more.
  • Occasionally - Christmas cards, decorations and gifts

Christmas cards.

Gift stalls

Stall at Rochdale Christmas Market.

Food stalls

BC Bakes.

Body and skincare stalls

  • Aroma - bespoke hand-poured candles, bath and beauty products - all environmentally friendly
  • Avon Cosmetics - Christmas hampers by Avon
  • Bubble Yum Bath Time Fun - bath bombs
  • Nicky's Raynbow Beauty - Body Shop cosmetics
  • Sharon Hodgkinson - bath bombs

Cosmetics stall at Rochdale Christmas Market.

Toys and books stalls

  • Kidz n gifts - toys and custom mini figures
  • Usbourne Books - children's books
  • Zebracorn - slime making lessons, pre-made slime and novelty squishy toys

Christmas decoration stalls

  • Christine Robinson - Christmas place settings, garlands, wreaths and novelties
  • The Paper Concept - environmentally friendly decorations and party supplies

Kandy Kitchen Creations at Rochdale Christmas Market.

Clothing, home and accessory stalls

Sweets stall at Rochdale Christmas Market.

Christmas Cafe

The Christmas Cafe will be in the Large Exchange in the town hall.

A customer eating a festive meal.

Festive sandwiches

Delicious fresh sandwiches, served warm with balsamic dressed rocked leaves.

  • Brie and sticky fig baguette - £4
  • Maple-glazed bacon and egg brioche - £4
  • Turkey, bacon and horseradish baguette - £4
  • Vegan falafel and hummus brioche - £4

Light bites

A selection of warm seasonal dishes, made on-site and available to take away

  • Lightly spiced parsnip and bramley apple soup - £3
  • Red Leicester and caramelised onion soufflé - £6
  • Saffron and parmesan arancini - £5
  • Individual shortcrust pastry pies - £5

Individual mixed platters

A platter for one, served with balsamic dressed rocket, chutney and crusty baguette.

  • Meat platter - £6
  • Cheese platter - £6

Christmas treats

Treat yourself to one of our tasty festive treats, all made by hand.

  • Warm mince pie - £2
  • Chocolate and Baileys bread and butter pudding - £4
  • Christmas pudding cheesecake - £4
  • Assorted festive cakes - £3
  • Snowman biscuits - £1.50 


A range of drinks, perfect whether you want something refreshing or something to warm you up.

  • Fresh tea or coffee - £1.50
  • Brandy or whisky coffee - £4
  • Hot chocolate - £3
  • Luxury hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows - £3.50
  • Baileys hot chocolate - £5
  • Cold soft drinks cans - £1
  • Bottled water - £1
  • Mulled wine (125ml) - £3
  • House wine (125ml) - £3
  • Bottled beers (Peroni, Corona or Budweiser) - £4
  • Bottled ciders (strawberry and lime or wild berry) - £4.50
  • Gordon's gin and tonic - £4.50
Family eating at the Christmas Lights cafe.

Food and drink outside Rochdale Town Hall

Thai street food stall. Outside the town hall there will also be tasty food and drink, including:

  • Casa Rustica - handmade pizzas fresh from the oven
  • Greek Street Food - made to order on the griddle
  • The Flying Horse - delicious festive drinks
  • The Traditional Fish and Chip Company - fish and chips, pies, sausages, curry and soft drinks
  • Quirky Catering - festive fayre

Lights switch on

4.30pm, Rochdale Town Hall

As darkness falls the party will start outside the town hall, with Fat Cat Brass entertaining you with their own fabulous style of music and fun and an outdoor illuminated performance by our very own Skylight Circus. Look out for The Winter Fairy, Winter Wonderland Birds, Jacks of Frost and The Luminas who will enchant people of all ages with sparkle and grace.

At 5pm we'll introduce our special guests onto the town hall balcony for the big switch-on at 5pm to officially begin the festive season. There are many restaurants you can enjoy in Rochdale Town Centre after the lights switch on. View more information on the restaurants tab.

Rochdale Town Hall. Other Christmas switch-on events across the borough:

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