The Christmas lights have officially been switched on in Bolton town centre.

The lights switch-on marked the start of the Christmas Festival with a special Santa’s Grotto experience, which also opened in Crompton Place on Saturday.

The switch on took place at around 5pm on Friday, illuminating the town and starting the countdown to Christmas.

The switch on this year is more low key than previous years, along with many other places, but the magic is still being kept alive, with a magical art show projected in Le Mans Crescent.

Bolton is also being transformed into a magical winter wonderland with an all-new roller-skating rink, a traditional Christmas market, a festive tipi complete with live music, twinkling Christmas lights, plus much more to see and do.

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Following the success of the 2021 festival, this year will bring even more family fun and a focus on children’s activities.

Families will be able to visit Santa’s Grotto on December 4,10,11 and December 15-24.

Council leader, Cllr Martyn Cox, said: “This year’s festive activities have a real family feel and there is something for everyone.

“Our Christmas program always brings the crowds to Bolton and this year will be no exception. The roller-skating rink is an exciting new addition.

“I encourage residents and visitors to come to the town centre, do their Christmas shopping and enjoy some family festive fun.”

Pre booking is essential for Santa’s Grotto and the Roller Rink.

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