MUSIC, dancing, crafts and creativity all come together this year in Tameside Council’s magical, seasonal celebration, the 12 Days of Christmas.
Among its many features are a partridge in a pear tree decorated by schoolchildren, messages of hope written on turtle doves, a bagpiper piping from landmark sites, and a film of 12 drummers from across the borough.
A video will be posted on the council’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 9am each day from Tuesday, December 1, to Saturday, December 12, with a special round-up celebrating the creativity of Tameside residents going out on December 13.
This follows on from the success of last year’s Night Before Christmas video which celebrated the Tameside Loves Reading campaign and received more than 30,000 views across social media.
More than 600 people have been involved in the project so far, but the council is inviting all the borough’s residents to get in the 12 Days of Christmas spirit by decorating their windows and then sharing pictures and videos by tagging @tmbc_culture on Twitter using the hashtag #TamesideChristmas or on the Tameside Libraries and Culture Facebook page.
If you need any inspiration, there’s a theme for each of the nine towns. Ideas of how to decorate your window with craft activities and silhouettes are available at www.tameside.gov.uk/12DaysofChristmas
The town themes are:
Ashton: Two turtle doves
Audenshaw: 10 lords-a-leaping
Denton: Four calling birds
Droylsden: Six geese-a-laying
Dukinfield: Three French hens
Hyde: A partridge in a pear tree
Longdendale: Five gold rings
Mossley: 11 pipers piping
Stalybridge: Seven swans-a-swimming
To add the finishing touch, each town will have a tree with lights and some civic buildings will be illuminated.
Tameside Libraries are celebrating Christmas with a programme of free digital events, including special story and rhyme times, Panto Tales, creative writing sessions and A Christmas Cornucopia.
For the full schedule and booking details visit www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for Culture, said: “We may have to do Christmas differently this year to help keep everyone safe, but that doesn’t mean there will be any less magic.
“I’m sure the 12 Days of Christmas festival will be a great experience, full of colour and creativity, and providing lots of opportunities for people to celebrate, have fun and support their town centres.”
For more information visit www.tameside.gov.uk/12daysofchristmas