The Town Centre collaboration between Hyde Town Team, Tameside Markets and The Clarendon Square Shopping Centre, is delighted to announce details of their exciting ‘Christmas Shopping Event’ for all the family to enjoy on Saturday 8th December 2018.

You can expect to find traditional Christmas stalls selling locally made crafts, handmade gifts, local produce and delicious seasonal food! There will also be mulled wine, Christmas trees and lights, live entertainment, fitness displays, dancing and children’s activities for the little ones!

The event starts at 10.00am with festivities continuing until 3.00pm. The event will be officially opened at 10.30am by The worshipful the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward and our local MP Jonathan Reynolds.

Father Christmas with his helpers will take pride of place in the indoor market’s themed Grotto.

There will be a variety of entertainment taking place throughout the day, filling the town centre with the sound of festive music. There’ll also be Craft Stalls, Fabulous food & Mulled Wine, Bar, Dancers, Choirs, a guest appearance by BJORN the BEAR, Solo Artists, Face Painter and local Rock Band – NARROW MARGIN.

Blood Bikes Manchester and Specsavers staff; assisted by Hyde United’s ROARY the TIGER will be on hand to point out the visibility problems that can be encountered whilst winter driving and the Hyde Town Team will be running a Grand Raffle with great prizes, a ‘Guess the Price’ competition, where you could win a child’s electric ride-in car and a fabulous Tombola stall.

The team have also arranged for a couple of very cool walk-around Christmas characters for both the indoor and outdoor markets; helping everyone to get in the festive mood.

In addition you’ll also be able to stock up on all your Christmas Shopping from regular market vendors, so you can pick up your usual fruit and vegetables, fresh turkeys, beef joints, Christmas savouries and mince pies from retailers in The Clarendon Shopping Centre and the indoor Market Hall, which will be open from 8.30am for you to pick up those special gifts and Christmas bargains.

To make sure shoppers do not miss anything, a Town Centre Christmas events guide with full musical listings will be available to pick up in stores?

Jonathan Reynolds said: “Christmas is a great time of the year and it is also a vital trading period for our local Town Centre retailers.” He went on to say, “Once again the Town Team, with the help and cooperation with The Clarendon Square Shopping Centre and Tameside Markets have lined up an outstanding programme of events and performers. The line-up has something for people of all ages and will attract shoppers and visitors who want to take part in the fun.”

Cllr Denise Ward, said: “This Christmas Shopping Event in Hyde will mark a 17 day countdown to Christmas in the Town Centre and with the announced support programme of live entertainment to get everyone feeling festive, it’s no wonder that this Hyde Town Centre event is expected to attract a large number of shoppers looking for those special gifts and purchases.”