Townships will be sparkling soon, with the switching on of thousands of Christmas lights across the borough, heralding the start of a programme of festive events for all the family to enjoy.

Accrington’s spectacular Christmas Countdown Event will take place on Thurs 30th November. The evening will feature a 2BR stage on Broadway with free entertainment from stars of Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice and band Black Lace. The fun will begin on stage at 5.15pm, and in addition to the live music show, there will be a special appearance from Accrington Stanley Football Club.

The Ballroom at Accrington Town Hall will host a Christmas Craft Market with carol singers, festive face painting and most importantly, Santa and his Elves.

Following the 2BR stage performances, there’ll be a spectacular firework extravaganza and the shops will stay open for a spot of late night Christmas shopping.

Please note: All visitors please be aware that the taxi rank on Union Street will be closed between 3 pm and 9 pm so therefore the taxis will be available on Church Street and Holme Street.

Township switch on events are also set to take place from Tuesday 28th November with various things planned at different events to get you feeling festive:

Tue 28th Nov:            Oswaldtwistle, Jubilee Gardens 66 pm

Wed 29th Nov:           Clayton-le-Moors, Barnes Square 6.30pm

Fri 1st Dec:                 Baxenden, Southwood Drive/Manchester Road 6.30pm

Fri 1st Dec:                 Great Harwood Towngate Square 6.30pm

Tue 5th Dec:              Milnshaw, Dyke Nook Gardens 6 pm

Wed 6th Dec:             Church, Church Kirk Clock 6.30pm

Thur 7th Dec:             Huncoat, junction Lowergate Road/Altham Lane 5.45pm

Sat 9th Dec:               Rishton, Civic Centre/Library 5 pm

Sat 9th Dec:               Altham, Burnley Rd opp Higher Firs Drive and Moorfield Way 6 pm


Warner St is set to travel back in time with the Warner St Christmas Event, on Thurs 14th December from 4-8pm featuring festive food and music, along with late night shopping and fairground rides.

Cllr Clare Cleary, Cabinet Member for Town Centres said; “Bring the family into Accrington on the 30th November, for the big Christmas Countdown. It’s set to be a fabulous event with a great programme of entertainment and a spectacular firework display and heralds the start of lots of festive events and community light switch ons during November and December for all the family to enjoy.”

See for details of Christmas events in the borough.