2007 St Helens Town Centre Late Night Shopping And Other Events

Some of our readers have emailed me asking for information about What's On in St Helens over the 2007 Festive Period. I have done some research and managed to find out the following - with many thanks to St Helens Council

Late night Town Centre Christmas Shopping. This will run until 8pm on Thursday 29 November and until 9pm every following Thursday until Christmas.

The week beginning Monday 17 December will see the shops staying open until 8pm every night up to and including Saturday 22 December.
Sunday opening will be from 10am – 4pm (Church Square Shopping Centre) and from 10.30pm – 4.30pm (Hardshaw Centre). It does make you wonder why they trade differently on Sunday!

For those last minute gifts, both the Hardshaw Centre and Church Square Shopping Centre will open until 5.30pm on Christmas Eve.

As Christmas Day draws closer, the magical "Ex Terra Lucem" lantern procession will grace the Town Centre on Thursday 13 December, winding its way through the streets.

Taking part will be 4 local schools plus other members of the community plus Helena Housing and the World of Glass who will produce 150 hand made lanterns. Meeting at St.Helens Parish Church, the procession will start at 6.30pm - with approximatley 350 participants. The procession will be led by the award-winning 50 piece Batala Samba Band (previous winners of the Notting Hill Carnival and they opened the new Wembley at the England v Brazil game)
The Route - Church Square > Hardshaw Street >Victoria Square > Cotham Street > Ormskirk Street > Church Street and then returning to Church Square.
On Sunday, December 16th, St.Helens Council's Ranger Service will be holding a 'Feed the Birds' event at Sankey Valley Country Park Visitors Centre, Blackbrook.
It will begin at 10.30am and will provide helpful tips for feeding birds throughout the winter. There will also be a a short illustrated talk, practical demonstrations, bird cake making and a short walk if the weather is favourable. This event is limited to 20 places so to book a place, or for more details, please telephone 01744 677772.
There will be mince pies and a school choir at St.Helens Central Library, Victoria Square on Monday, December 17 from 10am to 1pm.
Children from the nearby Parish Primary School will be singing a selection of favourite Christmas carols and everyone is welcome to join in the festive fun.
On 18 December a Christmas Fayre is taking place at Nutgrove Primary School in order to raise funds for a proposed new nature trail and outdoor learning centre in the grounds below the school.

Get in the Christmas mood and celebrate with a traditional carol concert in Mesnes Park, Newton le Willows, St.Helens on Thursday, December 13 (7-8pm).
The Valley Youth Band will be there and members of the public can take part in the concert which will have a full repertoire of traditional carols. For further details of the event, organised by the Friends of Mesnes Park and St. Helens Council Rangers, contact 01925 229021
The following Thursday (20 December) will see the traditional carol concert returning to the Parish Church in Church Square, featuring a brass band and followed by hot chocolate and mince pies. Mmmm sounds lovely!

Delight in a traditional Christmas with the New Cross Singers and St.Helens Sinfonietta who will perform a programme of traditional carols at the United Reformed Church on Saturday 22nd December at 7.30pm. Tickets Cost £5.00, students and under 16 are half price.
On Sat 8th-December the award-winning Cowley Girl Singers are performing a range of traditional christmas carols for us at Sutton Oak Welsh Chapel on Lancots Lane. It all starts at 7:30pm, the doors open at: 7:00pm.admission: £3:00-please pay on the door All monies raised on the night go towards the re-wiring of the chapel.
On Fri 21st of December-the Welsh Chapel Society will be singing Christmas Carols with the public, with their extra special Christmas evening. The event starts at: 7:30pm, doors open: 7:00pm.donations are welcome, but they are not charging anyone for this extra special evening. It will be the first of many events at the chapel coming in the year 2008.

For more information about the St.Helens 2007 Christmas events programme please log on to http://www.visitsthelens.com/ or contact St.Helens Tourist Information Centre on 01744 755150.

Other events taking place in St Helens during the festive season include:

Monday 12 November – Saturday 29 December: Children’s Entertainment @ Church Square

From Saturday 17 November: Christmas Grotto @ the Hardshaw Shopping Centre

Sunday 18 November: The Dylan Project (Folk Music) @ The Citadel

Saturday 24 November: The Northwest Masters Racing Festival @ Haydock Park Racecourse

Wednesday 5 - Saturday 15 December: Cinderella Pantomime @ The Citadel

Thursday 6 December - Saturday 13 Jan: Jack & the Beanstalk @ the Theatre Royal

Friday 7 December: Lenny Henry (Comedy) @ the Theatre Royal

Sat 15 - Sun 16 December: Santa Special Weekend @ the N/west Museum of Road Transport
Tue 18 Dec: Christmas Fayre @ Nutgrove Primary School Thatto Heath

Thursday 20 December: Liverpool Philharmonic Gospel Choir @ The Citadel

Saturday 22 December: the Tommy Whittle Chase, Horse Racing @ Haydock Park

Sat 22 - Sun 23 December: Santa Special Weekend @ the N/west Museum of Road Transport

Wednesday 26 December: Boxing Day Trophy Powerboat Racing @ Carr Mill Dam
Sunday 30 December: the Last Fling, Horse Racing @ Haydock Park Racecourse

Sunday 6 January: the Ken Dodd Show @ the Theatre Royal

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