CHRISTMAS comes to town on Saturday when Father Christmas arrives in his Northwich grotto and the festive lights are switched on.

Weaver Square will host the fun from 11am on Saturday, November 26, with live music from Bostock Singers and Bostock Band.

Father Christmas will make his grand entrance at noon and will be welcoming children to his grotto until 4.30pm.

Bostock Singers and Bostock Band will continue to perform in the square during the afternoon, along with singer Clarissa Hayward, and Witton Street will be filled with music from 146 Squadron (Northwich) Air Cadets.

The cast from Jack and the Beanstalk, which will be performed at The Grange Theatre this festive season, will appear on stage in Weaver Square just before town mayor Clr Alison Gerrard switches the Christmas lights on at 4pm.

Clr Stuart Parker, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s executive member for culture and recreation, said: “We have been turning the Christmas lights on across Cheshire West.

“There are Christmas markets, events, pantomimes and Christmas shows throughout our region.”

Northwich will also be hosting a food fair and an arts and crafts fair, as well as live music every Saturday in the run-up to Christmas.

The Guardian has teamed up with Father Christmas and his friends at the Rotary Club of Northwich Vale Royal to offer children who the grotto in Weaver Square a free photograph of themselves with Santa.

All youngsters have to do is collect three jigsaw tokens from the Guardian, stick them together and take them when they visit.

The first token was printed in last week’s Guardian,Token Two is printed today and Token Three will appear next week.