SANTA and his team of real reindeer direct from the North Pole will be parading through Oldham town centre on Saturday, November 4.
The much-loved annual Reindeer Parade is celebrating its 20th anniversary and this year promises to be the biggest parade yet.
Santa and his reindeer will be joined by more than 250 artists, community groups and dance groups for the parade with a theme of ‘Christmas Day Feast’.
The parade starts at 1pm from Parliament Square and will include Dobcross Silver Band, Global Grooves Brass, Oldham Scottish Pipe Band, The Incredible Plastic Street Band and Infinity Dance.
The parade travels along High Street, Lord Street, Albion Street, Henshaw Street and back along High Street, before finishing in Parliament Square.
After the parade, visitors will be able to meet the reindeer when they stop for a well-deserved rest in Parliament Square, before travelling back to the North Pole.
There will also be themed street theatre, seasonal music and a chance to watch Santa open his grotto in Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre.
Cllr Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said: “The reindeer parade is the event that kicks off our town centre Christmas programme and has always been a favourite for families.
“The parade is the perfect way to start your Christmas shopping early and grab a spot of lunch whilst you see real reindeer up close.
“The parade wouldn’t have made it to 20 years if it wasn’t for our committed residents, so I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has taken part and attended year after year.
“We encourage everyone to attend this great event and take a look at the rest of our free winter events programme.”
You can enjoy free car parking on Saturday for three hours in all town centre council car parks.
There is also 30-minutes of free on-street parking. You must take a ticket from the machine after parking and display it on your vehicle dashboard.
The next event in the programme is the Christmas Lights Switch-On on, Sunday 19 November at Parliament Square and Tommyfield Market.
The spellbinding show will feature a special visit from crime fighting heroes PJ Masks, the breath-taking Halo Glow Show and X Factor’s very own ‘snow fairy’ Saara Aalto, followed by an unforgettable fireworks display.
The final event in the programme will be Brass Monkeys, an annual winter brass music festival, on Saturday 2 December.
For more information about all the events visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/christmas2017