Countdown to Christmas in Handforth

The festive celebrations will kick off in Handforth on Saturday, 25th November with the Christmas Light's Switch On.

Festivities on the day will include a mini market, which will be held in The Paddock from 2pm until 5pm, with a variety of stalls including community organisations who get involved to support the event every year.

There will also be donkeys and Santa will be making an appearance with his sleigh, offering children the chance to visit him in the grotto.

Entertainment will also include children's choirs from both Handforth Grange School and St Benedict's School.

The Christmas light's will be switched on at approximately 4:30pm by the winners of the children's poster competition accompanied by special guests, local heroes from the uniformed services, as well as mini heroes from both primary schools.

Each year Handforth Town Council runs a poster competition for the children who attend the primary schools in Handforth.

Council Chairman, Cllr Susan Moore said "This year the children at St Benedict's RC Primary School took part in the competition we decided to award a first, second and third prize to the winners."

The winners of the competition receive a gift voucher and have the honour of pressing the big button to light up Handforth and mark the start of the Christmas period.

This years winners of the competition were chosen by members of the Always Active Group based at Handforth Youth Centre and they are:

  • 1st place: Esther, – will receive a £20 Gift Voucher.
  • 2nd place: Oscar, – will receive a £10 Gift Voucher.
  • 3rd place Maisy, – will receive a £5 Gift Voucher.

Town councillors Susan Moore and Cynthia Samson will attend the assembly to be held at St Benedict's School on Wednesday, 15th November to award the prizes to the competition winners and said "We are all looking forward to the big switch on day - Saturday 25th November."

Along with the winners, a selection of posters created by the children from both schools have been displayed around Handforth to advertise the Christmas Light's Switch On.