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Rochdale Christmas Market and Lights Switch On

Saturday, 24 November 2018
Time: 1 PM - 5:30 PM
Church tower with clock and lights.
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 when we have the details of the Rochdale Christmas Market and Lights Switch On in 2019.

Town Hall lit up. Lights switch on

5pm, Rochdale Town Hall

As darkness falls we'll introduce our special guests onto the town hall balcony, followed by the big switch-on at 5pm and fireworks 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.

Other Christmas switch-on events across the borough:

Rochdale Christmas Market

1pm-5.30pm, Rochdale Town Hall

Wrap up warm, drink steaming hot drinks and find unique gifts for your loved ones. With fun activities inside for children and a guest appearance by Father Christmas plus special guests including children's favourites Ben and Holly, there's something for everyone.

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:

Various different handmade Christmas cards. Crafts and card stalls

  • Crafty Cards and Invites - gift boxes and bags, cards and Christmas stockings
  • Dare Bear - cheeky cards and humorous gifts
  • TeePee Creations - greetings cards, single and in packs and matching confetti

Ready made soup ingredients in a packet. Gift stalls

  • Annabelle's Challenge- festive gifts helping to raise money for the UK's leading charity Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Bobby Dazzlers - glitter gifts and hampers
  • CCCrafting Treasures - fairy doors, fairy accessories, Christmas Eve boxes, baubles, gift tags, cards and gifts
  • Fox and Lilly - beautiful modern ceramic goods and illustrations
  • Kandy Kitchen Creations - pre-packaged dry ingredients for soup, stews, risotto and puddings. Healthy meals with simple instructions
  • Zen Gift Shop - crystals, ornaments, incense, ash catchers, jewellery, CDs, dream catchers, Himalayan salt tea light holders and more

 Desserts all lined up in a box. Food stalls

  • Pams Chocolate Delights - personalised chocolates
  • Tayyaba Qadeer - various flavours of cheesecake, jelly, tarts and cupcakes
  • Tilly Mints - festive cupcakes and cakes and handmade sweets
  • Truly Scrumptious - sweets and gifts with a twist

   Body and skincare stalls

  • Aroma - hand poured eco-friendly candles, soap and lotions
  • Bubble Yum Bath Time Fun - bath bombs
  • Head to Toe Therapies - seated massage and Reiki treatment, skincare and vitamins
  • Nicky's Body Shop at Home - skincare, bodycare and gifts
  • Perfect Scents - fragrances, aftershave and makeup

 Toys and books stalls

  • Dinky Dot Books - children's books and activities
  • Dreams and Themes - toy tombola
  • Kidz n gifts - toys and custom mini figures
  • Zebracorn - slime making lessons, pre-made slime and novelty squishy toys

Clothing and accessory stalls

  • Doodles - children's clothing and accessories
  • Made in Limbo - handmade fabric bags and accessories made from Harris Tweed, Linton Tweed, vintage and contemporary fabrics

Christmas Lights Cafe

  • Festive sandwiches including warm French brie and red onion baguette with cranberry sauce
  • Maple glazed streaky bacon and egg in a brioche bun
  • Crispy duck, spring onion hoisin wrap with rocket leaves
  • Homemade parsnip soup infused with truffle oil
  • Oven backed camembert mixed salad leaves and chutney
  • Warm mince pies with brandy butter
  • Mixed platter assorted cheese
  • Homemade individual Christmas pie in shortcrust pastry
  • Prosciutto platter with fresh apple wedges, cranberries and tasted walnuts
  • Hot brandy chocolate with whipped cream
  • Whiskey coffees and tea

Thai street food stall. Food and drink outside Rochdale Town Hall

Outside the town hall there will also be tasty food and drink, including:

  • The Wood Fired Pizza Place - wood fired pizzas and soft drinks
  • The Traditional Fish and Chip Company - fish and chips, pies, sausages, curry and soft drinks
  • Issan Friends - Thai street food
  • Quirky Catering - festive fayre
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