Ormskirk Christmas Tree
Love Ormskirk, Ormskirk’s network of businesses and volunteers, supported by West Lancashire Council, have organised a series of events over the Christmas period to make this Christmas magical. These events will include Ormskirk’s first ever Ice Rink in the Town Centre from December 9th – 11th and December 16th – 18th, a Continental Market from the December 9th – 11th.
There will also be live choir singing in the town on the weekends leading up to Christmas, a collection for letters to Santa, a Christmas wreath competition for local schools and a Love Ormskirk Christmas Food Hut.
Love Ormskirk has gone from strength to strength since its inception in March 2012, having been involved with 3 successful events, (Love Ormskirk’s launch, MotorFest & Inside Out), Love Ormskirk has over 1,500 news letter subscribers and over 40 business members. Love Ormskirk are hoping to make Christmas 2012 extra special by putting on a series of events that will warm the heart of even the biggest Christmas Grinch.
Ormskirk’s first ever Ice Rink on Moor Street, will be open from 11am-5pm on the Sundays and 11am-7pm on the Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets will cost £5 for adults, £4 for children, £4 for concession and £15 for family tickets. Ticket price will include the hiring of the ice skates. Tickets for the ice skating rink are being sold at Pandora’s Box, Premier Sports, O2, Vanilla, The Bicycle Lounge and the Love Ormskirk gazebo, situated at the clock tower from December 7th.
From the December 9th – 11th there will be a Continental Market on Aughton street, which will be open from 9am – 5pm on the Sunday and 9am – 7pm on the Monday & Tuesday. The Continental market will be selling food, clothing and wares from the Continent. This will help to drive footfall in the town.
To coincide with the Ice Skating Rink and the Continental market there will be a Maghull & West Lancashire Schools Christmas Wreath competition, a collection of letters to Santa postal service and a Love Ormskirk Food Stall.
The collection of letters for Santa will be held on the December 10th from 3pm-5pm and the December 16th from 11am - 2pm, Love Ormskirk have organised for there to be a Letters to Santa postal Service and meet his helpers at the clock tower. This will give young children the opportunity to speak to some of Santa’s Elves and post their letter to Santa at the Love Ormskirk Gazebo. Aquillis traditional Toy Shop are sponsoring this event and are providing 2 gifts for a prize draw for the children to win.
The Love Ormskirk Food Stall, selling Christmas grub will be from December 9th-11th & 16th-18th at selected times between 11am – 7pm. This food stall will be used by local food and drink establishments to sell their products on the street to people, who will be passing through the centre of Town. There are still a few places left for this if you wish to be involved.
The Continental market on the December 9th-11th will be selling a wide variety of goods, from Pashminas to German Salami, so there will be something for everyone. This will be a great opportunity to buy your loved ones a unique, high quality, continental present for Christmas.
“Love Ormskirk is all about making Ormskirk more appealing so that people feel excited about their town again and consequently visit regularly. Love Ormskirk at Christmas is all about offering a magical experience to visitors of Ormskirk and encouraging businesses to work together and give the people what they want such as late night opening, promotions and discounts.” said Katie Givens, owner of Pandora’s box and Love Ormskirk’s team leader. “We are very excited about Love Ormskirk’s Christmas plans and all our exciting plans for the New Year.” said Rachelle Atherton of Competitive Edge, also part of the Love Ormskirk Team.
The West Lancs Borough Council are supporting everything Love Ormskirk are doing. In order to attract more visitors to Ormskirk for a longer period of time the council has arranged for parking concessions to be made between December 10 and 24. If you pay to park you will receive an additional two hours free parking. This excludes the Two Saints Car Park which is free for one hour all year round. Motorists should note that the two extra free hours will not be shown on the pay and display parking ticket purchased from the machine.
So, for example, if you buy a ticket at 10am for one hour's parking the ticket will still show an expiry time of 11am. But, during the special offer period, you will be able to park until 1pm. Notices explaining the offer will be on display at the car parks. All car park attendants are aware of the offer and will allow for the extra two hours after the indicated ticket expiry time.