The countdown to Christmas has officially begun in Bolton as the two traditional festive trees outside the town hall have been put it into place

The trees were put up this morning ahead of sparking festivities, including displays, street entertainment and activities.

This winter, visitors will get to experience the mysterious Northern Lights over Victoria Square, see the moon up close and immerse themselves in a world of colourful and interactive artwork.

The free art trail has been created by artists from around the world.

Displays, street entertainment and activities will dazzle for six magical nights from November 30, December 1, and December 2, followed by December 7, 8 and 9.

Borealis by Dan Acher brings the magical mystery of the Northern Lights to towns and cities, using layers of light and particle clouds to create the illusion.

Borealis will be on display from 4pm until 10pm, from November 30 to December 2.

Museum of the Moon measures six metres in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, created by Luke Jerram.

On display from 4pm until 10pm across the six nights, then 2pm until 8pm December 10 to 21.

Evanescent, by Atelier Sisu, is a multi-award-winning artwork that has been exhibited in 24 cities in 18 countries.

The Bolton News: EvanescentEvanescent (Image: Bolton Council)It is said to bridge the gap between art and architecture, existing within the realm coined ‘art-chitecture’. On display from 4pm until 10pm, December 7 to 9.

There will also be even more magical fun throughout the festive period for all to enjoy.

Bolton Council executive cabinet member for culture Cllr Nadeem Ayub, said: “We’re close to the festive period and Christmas is coming very soon so its an exciting time for Bolton.

“We have the big Christmas light festival switch on and a range of fantastic events coming up.

“On Thursday November 30 is when Christmas in Bolton kicks off and Bolton will be transformed with magical evenings and we have the programme coming up, Put the Big Light On, so its an exciting time for everyone to enjoy for the young, older and for all ages around the town.”

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