With Christmas just around the corner, it’s clear that Stockport’s festive cheer is here.

There are plenty of events across the borough this December — from fairs, to markets, and even the opportunity to meet the big man himself.

As there are so many festive events to choose from, we’ve provided a round-up of the best ones in Stockport this year.

If you do go to an event, remember that Covid rules have recently changed — so you might need to wear a mask when you previously didn’t have to put one on.

Edgeley Community Xmas Event - December 11, 3pm-6pm

Castle Street, Edgeley

Edgeley’s Christmas event this year will see stalls, street food, carols, and face painting hit Castle Street. There will also be a raffle and tombola — plus a visit from Father Christmas himself on the day.

The Giving Tree

Ford's Lane church - various

Ford’s Lane, Bramhall

Christmas is obviously a hugely important time of the year for christians, and Ford’s Lane church has several events to mark the celebration.

On December 12, there’s a Nativity Sunday service, and eight days later they are hosting a Christmas carol sing-along at The Mounting Stone in Bramhall.

There’s another carol service on December 19, and the Christmas service will start at 11am on Christmas Day.

Elf Trail - December 4 and 11

Town centre

You have the opportunity to meet real elves on the Elf Trail across Stockport town centre for the next two weekends.

You get yourself an elf make over; learn how to make an elf friendship bracelet; write your letter to Santa. Don’t forget to look out for the dancing and singing elves.

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Ice Sculpture Trail - December 5 and 12 (carvings between 12noon - 2pm)

Town centre

A stunning set of ice sculptures will be dotted around the town centre for the coming weekends.

The eight sculptures won’t be the only attraction — with a live carving taking place, too.

Christmas In The Square - December 4 and 11

St Peter’s Square, town centre

If you get your festive kicks with music, then this is the event for you. A packed programme of live entertainment, featuring local choirs, bands, singing and dancing groups, will perform the usual Christmas hits.

Giant Interactive Post Box and Naughty & Nice List - until December 22

Merseyway Centre

Reaching 6 metres in height — bigger than a double decker bus — the Giant Post Box will be open until December 22.

Each child who posts their letter to Father Christmas will have a magical, interactive experience as they watch their letter be transported to the North Pole. They can then take a card and return to the centre on the dedicated day to check if they’ve made Father Christmas’s naughty or nice list, which will be broadcast from the North Pole onto the giant screen every Saturday from November 27– December 23.

Enchanting Light Shows - various

Merseyway Centre

The series of mini light shows will take place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening on the run-up to Christmas. Each show will take place at 4.30pm on:

Giving Tree - until December 14

Merseyway Centre

Located in the undercover mall outside Specsavers, shoppers will be able to choose a tag from the Giving Tree and purchase a gift for a less fortunate child.

Each tag is bespoke to each child with their age and the things they like, meaning they will receive something they have asked for on their Christmas list.

All participants can drop their gift donations at the dedicated donation station in the same location or at the Merseyway management suite.

Bramhall Worker Bee Christmas Market — December 4, 10am-3pm

Village Square, Bramhall

Bramhall will be hosting an artisan market that promises fun for all the family. There will be loads of local traders keen to impress, and most of the market is undercover, so the weather won’t get in the way.

Christmas Market Night — December 2, 4pm-8pm

Town Hall

The town hall will host a festive market place, with a range of stalls showcasing the local area's fine food, gifts, and crafts. Get down early to avoid disappointment.

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