A Christmas lantern procession will light up Leyland this weekend as part of festive celebrations in the town centre.
Children flocked to Peek-a-Brew on Hough Lane at the weekend to make an array of special candle-holders for the occasion.
A donkey, Santa’s Grotto, carol singing and live music will also add to the festivities as part of Leyland Christmas this Saturday, November 30.
The attractions kick off at 10am at Leyland Market with free children’s activities, a treasure trail, an entertainer and face-painting (with a small charge) until 5pm.
There will also be small fairground rides and a bouncy castle next to the market from 1.30pm until 5.30pm.
On the high street, there will be crafts and stalls from local businesses along Hough Lane from 1.30pm, as well as a ‘Taste Leyland’ stand for festive food fans.
At the United Reformed Church, there will be free Christmas card-making workshops for youngsters from 2pm until 4pm, stalls and children’s activities from 1.30pm until 5pm, and a Christingle carol service at 5.30pm, with the Christmas tree lights switch-on at 6.30pm.
Santa’s Grotto will be open from 1.30pm until 5.30pm at Peek-a-Brew at a small charge.
Carol singing from school children, organised by the Leyland Churches Together, will bring some cheer to the crowds between 3pm and 4pm at a portable stage area on Hough Lane, and the Lostock Hall Brass Band will be outside Peppermint Cottage and Leyland Market between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.
The lantern procession, led by Sally the donkey and also organised by the Churches Together group, will start at 5pm outside Peek-a-Brew.
And from 8pm until 11pm, a mini version of Leyland Live will take place around town centre venues, with one act performing in each of the following places throughout the night: Coppers Tea Rooms, Fox and Lion, The Gables, Isolabella, The Original French Bistro, the Queens, and The Railway Hotel.
- For more pictures, see this week’s Leyland Guardian.