Virtual Christmas switch-on to take place through social media this Friday

Council-run events still may not be able to take place in the effort to control coronavirus infection rates, but the show must go on (virtually) as we begin the countdown to Christmas. This Friday (4 December) a virtual Christmas lights-switch on will be shown across St Helens Borough Council’s Facebook and Twitter channels to help […]

Annual festive animation reflects on a challenging year for Manchester people

The city’s annual tear-jerking animation returns this Christmas with a poignant look at the past nine months living with Covid-19. In years gone by, the festive film would highlight the attractions, events and days out that make Manchester such a special place at this time of year.   Many of these events have had to be […]

Manchester urges safety first as city prepares to open ahead of Christmas

The City Council asks Manchester to continue to adhere to Covid-19 regulations as the city reopens following lockdown in Tier 3 – or Very High Covid Alert Level. Non-essential retail will reopen under the local tier system, which will allow people to return to the city centre ahead of Christmas to do festive shopping.  New “Welcome Back […]

Santa Claus is coming to town! Manchester’s biggest red resident returns

Following a short delay to allow the city’s favourite festive attraction to follow lockdown rules, Manchester’s Giant Santa will arrive in St Peter’s Square this weekend. Clocking in at 12 meters high, the selfie-loving Santa is making his second annual appearance in Manchester has the city’s festive mascot – and weighing in at 2.3tonnes, he’s difficult to […]

COVID-19 arrangements for Christmas in St Helens

2020 has proved to be extremely challenging for everyone due to COVID-19. Over the last nine months, residents have had to juggle home schooling, working from home, job losses, being furloughed, illness, worries and anxiety – to name just a few – while our local businesses have had to close, adapt and operate with a […]

Liverpool City Council launches Christmas Card competition

Liverpool schoolchildren are being invited to get creative and help spread festive cheer throughout the city. Budding young artists aged between 4 and 18 years old are invited to take part in Liverpool City Council’s first ever Christmas card competition. The winning entries will be selected as the official greetings for the Mayor of Liverpool Joe […]

A tree-mendous result!

Covid-19 has scuppered many a plan this year and it almost ruined the city’s Christmas tree display. But thanks to the grit, determination and bulging contacts book of Liverpool City Council’s Streetscene Manager Kenny Brew, Church Street will have that festive feeling once again. Hear all about it from the man himself: A really nice part of […]

Winter Warmer campaign will help residents stay well and heat homes for less

As colder weather begins, St Helens Borough Council is once again launching its annual Winter Warmer campaign ahead of national Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (Friday 27 November) to help local people stay warm and well, and heat their homes for less. Wanting to ensure that residents more at risk of winter illness and those who […]