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Love Eccles at Christmas

The festive season here is going to be bigger and better than ever with treats and activities for the whole family.

With Santa’s grotto every Saturday, great value Christmas markets, games, carols, food and drink, Eccles is the place to be this Christmas.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also free parking at John William Street car park on Saturday 12 and 19 December.

Here is just a selection of the great things taking place.

For the full list of events, go to the Visit Salford website

Eccles Christmas Wonderland

From now until Saturday 19 December
Saturdays 10am to 4pm, Tuesdays and Fridays 11am to 2pm
Eccles Community Art Gallery, Boothway
Price: Free entry to the gallery

Don’t miss OUR HOUSE, a display of paper lanterns made by gallery crafters and volunteers – or our wonderful exhibition of arts and crafts, paintings by Bolton Art Circle and local artists Stephen Broadhurst, Derek Croft and Audrey Pollitt.

Christmas market

Every Saturday from now until Saturday 19 December
10am to 4pm
Eccles Shopping Centre

Gorgeous speciality products for Christmas – gifts, decorations, food, and festive treats at great prices.

Santa’s Grotto

Every Saturday from now until Saturday 19 December
11am to 2pm
Eccles Shopping Centre

Meet Santa in Eccles every Saturday in the run up to Christmas. A magical grotto has been built for him by his elves and helpers. Ideal activity for young children and their parents.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday 5 December
Eccles Town Centre

Eccles Shopping Centre is taking part in national Small Business Saturday campaign to help small businesses thrive in Eccles. Support the campaign and shop locally.

Discounts, special offers and goodies on offer. For more information contact Monton Marketing on 07754 477346 or liz@montonmarketing.co.uk or visit www.salford.gov.uk/smallbusinesssaturday

Saturday 12 December
11am to 12noon

Eccles Cross

Churches Together in Eccles lead the open-air singing of traditional carols, bible readings and prayers with Eccles Borough Band. Everyone welcome.

Teenage Market

Saturday 19 December
10am to 4pm
Eccles Shopping Centre

Popular market where young people make and sell their wares which includes cakes, gifts, jewellery, food and drink. If you are a young person and would like to take part, please contact Liz on ecclesscmarketing@gmail.com

A Christmas Extravaganza with Olaf

Tuesday 22 December
2pm to 4pm
Eccles Library
Price: Free

Enjoy fantastic family activities including festive face painting, a special Christmas story time and magical music provided by MAPAS. There’s also an Elves’ workshop, where children can enjoy making a range of crafts and decorate gingerbread men.

Plus, a special appearance from Frozen character Olaf to give each child a quality book gift to take home! And for the adults…mince pies and coffee.

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