CROWDS of 10,000 people from across the borough took part in the spectacular Tameside Christmas Market opening celebrations.
Festivities on Sunday 30th November 2014 included a beautiful Winter Wonderland Lantern Parade, which involved families and community groups from all over Tameside, the Christmas lights switch on and a spectacular fireworks display.
All of Tameside’s brass and military bands played together en masse in a rousing performance and they will also be playing individually throughout the Christmas Market, which runs until 21st December 2014.
The excitement continues on Tuesday 2nd December when Princess Elsa from Frozen will add her sparkle to the official opening of the synthetic iceskating rink. She will be singing on stage and there will be an opportunity to pose with her for photographs.
The Christmas market, now in its second year and occupying a larger site than previously down both sides of Ashton Market Hall, boasts a wonderful array of stalls from candles, jewellery, accessories and Christmas gifts to tasty treats such as barbecued meat skewers, noodles, waffles, hot chocolate and mulled wine. There is also a ferris wheel and covered bar as well a free family entertainment every day on the stage.
Local people, traders, schools and community organisations have been encouraged to get involved as much as possible – from hiring stalls to performing on stage.
Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Cllr John Taylor, who is responsible for markets, said:
“Huge thanks to the many thousands of people from across Tameside who came out to support the festivities. The atmosphere and community spirit was wonderful and I’m sure thousands more people will be visiting to shop and enjoy everything the Christmas market has to offer over the coming weeks.”
“This event is a community celebration for the whole of Tameside to enjoy while also boosting the local economy by encouraging shoppers from both within the borough and beyond. I would encourage everyone to come along and soak up the wonderful, festive atmosphere while supporting local businesses.”