As well as being the town Spiral and Banner Printing Android call home, Macclesfield is a place that likes to celebrate Christmas to the max (or should that be the maccs?). So here’s a quick guide to how the Maxonian festive season is shaping up for 2018.
Pride of place naturally goes to the town centre’s big Christmas lights switch on. This year it all happens on Saturday 28 November outside the Town Hall in the historic Market Place. The town Mayor, Councillor Liz Durham, and local MP David Rutley will be there of course, only outranked by Santa himself. Celebrations will start at 10am, the big switch on happens at 4.30pm and the day will end with a bang, in the form of a spectacular firework display. Feel free to “oooh!”, “aaah!” and start feeling Christmassy.
Ready for more? The very next day, Sunday 29 November, you can hop over to nearby Bollington to see their village Christmas lights get switched on, starting at 4.30pm. Busy old Father Christmas will be there of course, arriving with his entourage of elves on the Cheshire Fire Service’s vintage open topped fire engine. (Even off-sleigh he enjoys a grand entrance.) And after the big switch on you’ll be able to stroll around food and drink stalls, serenaded by sounds from Canalside Radio. Sample Bollington’s Artisan Market as well. What a civilised way to start the Christmas shopping!
Christmas at Capesthorne
Macclesfield is in a rather aristocratic part of Cheshire, with several stately homes nearby. Capesthorne Hall, an 18th century Grade II listed house in magnificent grounds between Alderley Edge and Congleton is perhaps the most attractive. It’s definitely the most festive, because it welcomes visitors every year to the annual Christmas at Capesthorne event.
This year’s “C at C” takes place on Friday 27 to Sunday 29 November. It’s the perfect opportunity to walk around a family-owned stately home, beautifully decorated for the festive season, and be entertained by local musicians and school choirs. Pride of place goes to the Bromley-Davenport family’s traditional 18 foot Christmas tree – a magical setting for children to meet the big man in the red suit.
Outside the house is a marquee populated with craft stalls and festive fayre including mulled wine, mince pies and hot rolls from the Butler’s Pantry.
Merry Christmas from everyone at Spiral and Banner Printing Android.