St Helens is offering a full calendar of festive, free activities for all the family this Christmas.

A winter tipi lodge will come to the town centre, where free arts and crafts activities will be available for all ages to enjoy.

The festive lodge will be located on the former Chalon Way multi-storey car park in Foundry Street as part of the ‘Christmas in St Helens’ campaign.

A synthetic ice rink and an American-style drive in cinema will also be one of the local attractions.

Activities offered will include textile workshops and a Christmas card class.

Christmas arts and crafts
Free arts and crafts will be offered in the tipi lodge

Oli Johnson, St Helens resident, said: “Even though St Helens has got a sour reputation, these events will show that there are positive things about the area.

“Hopefully the Christmas stuff will bring people to St Helens over the festive season who wouldn’t normally come here.”

The tipi is set to launch this Saturday, November 27.

The town’s Christmas lights switch-on will also take place on Saturday, with comedy folk band The Lancashire Hotspots headlining the event.

Christmas lights switch-on dates across the borough

  • Rainhill, Houghton Street – November 28, 5:00pm
  • Moss Bank, Elliott’s Field – November 29, 3:30pm
  • Parr, Derbyshire Hill Road – November 29, 4:00pm
  • Moss Bank, Haresfinch Park – November 30, 5:00pm
  • Bold, Four Acre Shopping Centre – December 1,  4:00pm
  • Haydock, Haydock Library – December 1, 6:30pm
  • Windle, Victoria Park – December 1, 4pm
  • Eccleston – December 2, 4pm
  • Eccleston Park, St Helens Road – December 2, 4pm
  • Bold, Shining Lights Centre, Delamere Avenue – December 2, 4:00pm
  • Bold, Field Road  – December 3, 4:00pm
  • Thatto Heath, Thatto Heath Road – December 3, 4:00pm
  • Bleak Hill Primary School – December 3, 2:30pm
  • Rainford, Church Road – December 4, 4:00pm
  • Newton-le-Willows, St Peter’s Church – December 5, 5:00pm
  • Billinge, Millenium Garden – December 10, 6:00pm – 6:30pm

For further information about the festive programme and the Christmas lights switch-on, visit and


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