Leyland’s Christmas Festival is back!

Leyland Christmas Festival, 2013
Leyland Christmas Festival, 2013

Leyland town centre is gearing up for the annual Christmas Festival this weekend.

A live nativity, a Christingle service, children’s activities and a Santa’s Grotto will take over Hough Lane on Saturday.

Street entertainers, carol singers and the Lostock Hall Brass Band will also be on hand to make sure crowds are in the festive spirit throughout the afternoon.

The fun starts from 1pm when businesses throughout the town will hold children’s activities, including craft workshops and treasure trails at Leyland Market, Poppys Flower Designs and the United Reformed Church.

The nativity starts at 3pm and will work its way round to a stable at the United Reformed Church, where at 4.30pm there will be a Christingle service.

The Mayor of South Ribble will switch on the Christmas tree lights outside the church at 5.30pm.

There will also be live music performances outisde Peppermint Cottage and Atkinson’s Jewellers, funfair rides in Balfour Court, stalls and street food along Hough Lane, and mulled wine be served at the Market Ale House.

Leylanders are being encouraged to shop local this Christmas with a fun activity to encourage them to explore independant shops in the town, which is also launching during the Christmas Festival.

Twenty shops in Hough Lane, Towngate, Church Road and Chapel Brow have signed up for the special Sheep Trail, which will see shoppers hunting the high street in search of the shepherd’s lost sheep.

Entry forms for the hunt will be available from participating shops from November 29, and up until December 12.

People can return forms to the Paces and Laces shoe shop near the Leyland Cross, to be entered into a draw to win £100 of ‘shop local’ vouchers.

Chairman of the Leyland Town Team, Isobel Pickering, said: “It’s a good way of getting people to look around shops in the town, and it’s a fun thing for people to get involved in.

“The festival itself is getting bigger and better every year, and it brings everyone together and really promotes community spirit.

“It’s not just businesses, it’s the church, drama groups and many others who have worked hard to plan for this event.”

Shops taking part are; Paces and Laces, Bill Nickson Cycles, Towngate Shoe Repairs, Ice Dreams and Coffee Beans, The Flooring Firm, Mattefinish Photography, Ab Fab florist, Angie Fairhurst Hairdressers, Asda, Leyland Market, Signatures (Thorntons), Poppy’s Flower Design, Atkinson’s Jewellers, Peppermint Cottage, Wardrobe, Woman, Heaven on Earth, LS-One, Grandad Jim’s Traditional Sweet Shoppe, and Cut and Dried hairdressers.