THE Octagon Theatre is a jewel in Bolton’s crown — but even more so at Christmas time.

Every year, talented performers grace the stage to entertain families in the theatre’s festive production.

Last week, the venue celebrated its 50th anniversary after opening its doors on November 27, 1967.

The first theatre production was Annie and Fanny, by local playwright Bill Naughton.

An annual trip to the Octagon soon became a fixture of the festive season for young and old.

Back in December 1968, people flocked to see The Christmas Humbug which featured a Peter Pan scene.

Fast forward to 2012 and Peter Pan was back on stage, directed by the theatre’s now artistic director Elizabeth Newman.

Anna Wheatley’s shining turn as Tinkerbell earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the Manchester Theatre Awards.

In December 2005 and January 2006, The Twits broke all box office records at the Octagon to become the most successful production ever staged at the venue, at that time.

This year's wonderful production, A Christmas Carol, runs until January 13.