Clitheroe is gearing itself up for a spectacular festive event in the run-up to Christmas.
Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce will stage its now well established Christmas Festival in the town on Saturday, December 2nd.
The event will begin with Santa arriving by train at 10-15am before greeting children in his seasonal grotto, which this year is at the United Reformed Church on Moor Lane. Building on the success of previous Christmas festivals run by the Chamber this year there will be stalls in the lower hall of the church, accessed from either Moor Lane or Lowergate.
The Chamber’s charity for 2017, the North West Air Ambulance, will be raising money with a stall at Castlegate.
During the event, there will be free parking for up to three hours on all Ribble Valley Borough Council town centre car parks and to keep shoppers entertained Clitheroe Town band will be playing in the Swan Courtyard at 11am while choirs will be singing carols between 11am and 1pm at the United Reformed Church.
Clitheroe Ukulele Band, meanwhile, will be performing at lunchtime in the Rose and Crown on Castle Street and, in the afternoon, members of local band Good Foxy will be providing entertainment at Maxwells.
In the Swan Courtyard several businesses will be creating a “Crafty Courtyard” offering child-friendly activities for younger children and, as in previous years, there will be donkeys for children to ride.
Later in the afternoon, there is the much-loved Walking Nativity during which the donkeys will carry Mary and Joseph in a procession involving local churches through the town to the crib at the castle gates.
This year the town will be lit up by 120 fibre optic Christmas trees in association with Clitheroe Town Council. The annual best dressed shop front competition will also be judged.