It’s one of the highlights of Christmas for children and families across Lowton and Golborne. Now Santa has confirmed that he will once again be touring our streets in his sleigh, with the help of the local Rotary clubs this November and December.
The jolly old elf and his helpers from the Rotary Clubs of both Newton-le-Willows and Leigh will be bringing lots of festive joy to childen in our towns, raising money for good local causes along the way.
In order to keep everyone safe and to comply with Covid-19 regulations, Santa won’t be able to invite children to sit on his sleigh, but they are more than welcome to have their photos taken standing next to it.
Where and when you can see the Rotary Club Santa:
The Rotary club of Leigh has confirmed the following dates for Lowton and Golborne:
Tuesday, 30 November – Lowton (Newton Road area)
Tuesday, 14 December – Lowton (St Helens Road area) Provisional route: Starting 6pm at Robin Hood Pub, St Helens Rd, Mayfield Drive, The Poplars, Arlington Drive, Canaan, Abbey Road, Glastonbury Avenue, Bolton Close, Lindisfarne Avenue, Milldale Rd, Newton Rd, Barford Drive, end of Sandy Lane, Silsden Avenue, Crompton Way, finish at Pocket Nook Lane.
Thursday, 16 December – Pennington South. Provisional route: Starting 6pm at Chestnut Ave (junction with St Helens Road), Beechfield Drive, Meynell Drive, Chestnut Drive South, St Helens Road, Beech Walk, Meadow Beck, Fallow Brook, Thames Ave, Hand Lane, Broadwell Drive Estate, Oakwood Drive, finish at St Helens Road approx 9pm.
Meanwhile, Newton-le-Willows Rotary will be out and about with Santa on the following dates:
Wednesday, 1 December – Lowton area. Provisional route: Crow Wood Road, Hilary Avenue, Carlton Road, Waverley Road, Rokeby Avenue, Hilary Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Crow Wood Road, Braithwaite Road, Beardsmore Drive, Garton Drive, Lane Head Avenue, Garton Drive, Wood Sorrel Way, Whinchat Close, Brambling Way, Wood Sorrel Way, Braithwaite Road.
Monday, 6 December – Golborne area. Provisional route: Barn Lane, St Peters Street, Barton Street, Grimshaw Street, Sycamore Avenue, Walters Green Crescent, Edge Green Lane (Asda area), Prescot Avenue, Park Avenue, Helen Street, Harvey Lane.
Tuesday, 14 December – Stonecross area. Provisional route: Stonecross Lane, Newlands Drive, Upwood Road, Welford Avenue, Rosedale Avenue, Longton Avenue, Chelford Avenue, Stirrups Farm Road, Lea Green Close, Heathfield Close, Heath Lane, Heath House Close, Little Lowes Meadow, Southmead. Back to Hare and Hounds pub.
More chances to see Santa
You may have spotted Santa at Golborne’s Christmas Lights Switch on event – and there’ll be another chance to meet him at the Golborne Christmas Market on Saturday, 4 December.
If you don’t manage to catch Santa during his evening tours, you can also go along to the following locations in the run-up to Christmas and meet the man himself there:
- Asda, Leigh – 27 November and 11 December, 10am – 4pm
- Grange Farm, Lowton – Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 December
- Bents Garden Centre, Leigh – 28 November and 12 December, 10am – 4pm
- Tesco, Leigh – 4 and 19 December, 10am – 4pm
- Morrisons, Leigh – 5 and 21 December, 10am – 4pm
- Bradshawgate, Leigh – 18 December, 10am – 4pm
Give a donation to the Rotary Club
The annual Santa sleigh tours are a key fundraiser for the local Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Club of Leigh says it normally collects more than £12,000 at Christmas time, with every penny going to charitable causes.
The club usually collect cash donations on the night, but you can also make a donation online. Any money you give helps the Rotary Clubs to continue their charitable work all year around.
You can donate to the Newton-le-Willows Rotary Club, by texting JOLLY, followed by your donation amount, to 70460. You can also visit their JustGiving page.