Crowds flock to Clitheroe Christmas Festival

Naimh Harrison, six, and Meghan Harrison, eight, from Clitheroe with Olaf and Lucy Greenhalgh from La Tete at Clitheroe Chamber of Trade's Christmas Festival.
Naimh Harrison, six, and Meghan Harrison, eight, from Clitheroe with Olaf and Lucy Greenhalgh from La Tete at Clitheroe Chamber of Trade's Christmas Festival.

A Santa’s grotto, donkey rides, children’s games and festive stalls were all features of Clitheroe’s Christmas Festival on Saturday.

Crowds flocked to the event organised by Clitheroe Chamber of Trade watching Santa arrive at Clitheroe train station at 10-15am and welcomed by Clitheroe Town Crier Roland Hailwood.

Town Crier Roland Hailwood at the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade's Christmas Festival outside the United Reformed Church.

Town Crier Roland Hailwood at the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade's Christmas Festival outside the United Reformed Church.

Santa was then given a scooter-led escort through the town to his grotto at the United Reformed Church where, much to the delight of local youngsters, he listened to their Christmas wishes.

Sainsbury’s, Booths and Aldi donated gifts to help Santa raise as much money as possible to support the chamber’s chosen charity, the North West Air Ambulance.

A festive feel throughout the day was created by music provided by local primary school choirs including children from St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School.

Stalls selling a variety of seasonal handmade gifts were manned throughout the day by local Brownie packs and Clitheroe Lions. There were also other stalls by BakerGirl, the Dough Pizza Company and Bonnie’s Bits and Bobs. The Atrium Cafe also hosted a Christmas picnic at lunchtime.

Amelie Pellet, six, and Micah Pellet, eight, lead the Walking Nativity in Clitheroe.

Amelie Pellet, six, and Micah Pellet, eight, lead the Walking Nativity in Clitheroe.

Other attractions included donkey rides through Clitheroe Castle grounds.

To round off the day, at 4-30pm, the much-loved Walking Nativity set off from the Swan Courtyard with the donkeys leading a procession involving local churches through the town to the Crib at the Castle gates.

Adding to the festive feel of the event, the town was lit up by 120 fibre optic Christmas trees in association with Clitheroe Town Council.

For a picture special of this event see this Thursday’s Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.