Ashton Christmas Market 2013

2013 Christmas Mugs

Due to popular demand the 2013 Christmas Mugs are now available to order.
Each mug costs £2 plus £2 P&P.



All event pictures now available to buy as 10 x 8 prints!

Check out the gallery at www.newimage.co.uk/gallery-aa.html


All Christmas market photographs can be found in the
Ashton Christmas Market Public album. Each photo can be purchased as a 10 x 8 glossy print in a strut mounted frame.



CROWDS turned out in their thousands for the opening of the Ashton Christmas Market on Sunday 8th December 2013.

The event, in the pedestrian area of Market Street and Fletcher Street, was a resounding success with the 30 stall holders all reporting excellent trade.


The food stalls enjoyed queues for several hours and one sold out and had to purchase more products from the indoor market to continue trading.


“An excellent example of traders trading,” said Councillor Bill Fairfoul,whose brief includes town centre activities.

The event, six months in the planning, was opened by Executive Leader Councillor Kieran Quinn and his deputy Councillor John Taylor and their wives on the huge stage to roars of approval from crowds thronging the area.

Schoolchildren from Tameside entertained the crowds to carols and dance routines before Gary The Clown and Lady Elektra’s Laser Light Show took over into the early evening.

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All the while more than 1,400 people took part in a gigantic Lantern Parade through the town which ended at a second stage in front of the Town Hall where Father Christmas, assisted by the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Joe Kitchen and his wife Shirley, the Mayoress, switched on the Christmas Lights.


This ceremony, which ended 60 minutes of entertainment for the near 13,000 revellers, was accompanied by a magnificent fireworks display which lit up the night sky to cheers from the crowds.


 The Christmas Market, with its Victorian carousel, continues until Sunday December 22 with entertainment every afternoon and evening on the main stage facing the beer marquee with its offer of German beer, hot mulled wine and other delicious beverages.