Christmas in Chorley already proving popular

14 November 2022

Christmas may be weeks away but already people are keen to spend it in Chorley with tickets for various festive activities in high demand. 

Even with more choice than ever being offered for Pantomime performances and opportunities to see Santa, tickets are being snapped up quickly. 

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council said “We’re delighted to see that this year’s events are proving to be as popular as ever. Delivering these festive events and activities not only provides enjoyable things to do, which are often affordable alternatives to similar events in the region, it also brings footfall into Chorley to support local traders, which has never been more important.” 

Due to popularity, Chorley Council, organisers of the town’s annual Pantomime at the Town Hall, doubled the capacity of their Pantomime by offering an additional performance for this year, however, tickets for both (Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast) sold out within hours of going on sale. 

More options have been given to see Santa this year at the Astley Coach House, with visits to Santa’s Grotto or Brunch with Santa on the menu for Saturdays and Sundays over the festive period. Many weekends sold out within days of going on sale, with a few remaining tickets still available for Brunch with Santa for early in the festive season – see 

If you haven’t managed to get tickets for something festive, don’t worry as not all Christmas events and attractions in Chorley require tickets to be purchased in advance. 

In a change to previous years, the Santa Express land train won’t be included in the Santa’s Grotto or Brunch with Santa tickets and can’t be booked in advance giving people the option of using it, and those without tickets to see Santa can also take a ride on it through Astley Park. Running Saturdays and Sundays from 26 November – 18 December. This will be payable on the day, £2 per person for one way, cash only, with those with tickets to see Santa urged to arrive in plenty of time for the Santa Express to avoid missing their slot. 

Chorley’s Winter Wonderland will also be back in the town centre from 9 December – 2 January (except Christmas Day), with its real ice rink, children’s rides and festive food and drink, payable on the day. 

Skating sessions are priced at £6 per skater or £20 for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children). Or for younger children (3-6years) Cub Club sessions will be running, at just £3 per skater. Includes skate hire. Details can be found at 

Plus, the festive season in Chorley all kicks off with the annual Christmas light switch on taking place on Sunday 20 November, with special guests including Chorley boxer, Jack Catterall, Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Steve Royle, presented by Rock FM’s Joel Ross, plus the fabulous Totally Locally Chorley Christmas Market on the same day. 

Councillor Wilson continued: “Chorley has a lot to offer and even more this Christmas, so why go anywhere else. Stay local, enjoy Christmas here in Chorley and support local businesses where you can.”

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