Bolton Library and Museum Services

Bolton Library and Museum Services’ Christmas events

Come along and join in the festive fun with our Christmas events!


Christmas in Bolton exhibition

Up Close Gallery, until Sunday 5 January

This light-hearted look at Christmas will explore the different ways in which the festival is celebrated by Bolton people today. We would love to see your photographs of Christmas in Bolton.

If you would like to share your festive images and possibly see them included in the exhibition, please get in touch with the Collections Team:


Saturday 30 November, 9am to 5pm

Bolton Museum’s Christmas shopping event

Join us for our Christmas shopping event. Free gift wrapping and 10% discount on all items! Big brands including Playmobil, Lisa Angel, Gisela Graham and Rex London


Bolton Central Library and Museum

Activities are FREE and there is no need to book unless otherwise stated.


Christmas Escape from the Museum

Bolton Museum, Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December, 6.30pm to 8pm

Help us to save Christmas! Santa has gone missing and is lost somewhere in

Bolton, we think the answer to his whereabouts lies somewhere in the Museum. Join us to solve the mystery, save Santa and bring the magic of Christmas back!

Please book in advance via Eventbrite. Cost £5 per child and accompanying

adult is free.


Christmas Toddler Tales, Bolton Central Library 

Friday 13 December, 11am 

Come along to our Christmas Toddler Tales! 

There’ll be seasonal stories, crafts and festive treats for the  children.

Toddlers Tales is suitable for children under 5, their mums, dads and carers. 


Cinderella performance, Bolton Central Library and Museum

Saturday 14 December, 11am and 2pm

Come along to Bolton Central Library and Museum to join in with some family friendly panto style story fun. Nurse Nellie our very own panto Dame will be telling the tale of Cinderella. Will Cinders make it to the ball? Will she find her prince charming? Will Nurse Nellie find her happy ever after? Come along to find out. It is sure to be a fun filled interactive festive treat

Please book your free place on Eventbrite.


Cinema at the Crescent

Bolton Central Library and Museum, Saturday 14 December, 2pm – Dumbo (2019)

Come along and watch this wonderful heart-warming family film! 

Light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free event and no need to book.

Super Christmas Cracker! Saturday 21 December, 11am to 3pm

Bolton Museum

Visit our fabulous Christmas exhibition to see how Bolton celebrates Christmas.

At 10.30am you can get up close with some of the objects from our collections.

The cast of the Albert Hall’s Pantomime Aladdin will be joining us from 11am to

1pm for some stories and songs.

From 1pm to 3pm you can create some fabulous Christmas cards, decorations and crowns to take home.

We’ll end with some Christmas stories in the Chadwick Room, snuggled up in

blankets as the Christmas lights twinkle.


Cinema at the Crescent

Bolton Central Library and Museum, Saturday 21 December, 2pm – The Grinch (2018)

Join us to watch this fantastic festive film. Light refreshments for sale. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Free event and no need to book.


Christmas holidays, Bolton Central Library and Museum

Saturday 21 December to Saturday 4 January

We’ll be celebrating and making lots of fantastic festive creations and also exploring how people celebrated Christmas in Bolton in the past.


Our seasonal sessions will take place on the dates below between 1pm and 3pm:

Saturday 21 December, Monday 23 December, Tuesday 24 December, Friday 27 December, Saturday 28 December, Monday 30 December, Tuesday 31 December, Thursday 2 January, Friday 3 January and Saturday 4 January.


Historic Halls

Christmas with the Bennett Ladies Choir at Smithills Hall

Sunday 15 December, 1pm and 2.15pm

Hear the Rivington based Bennett Ladies Choir sing Christmas carols in the Great Hall. The choir will perform at 1pm and at 2.15pm. Take a look at the exquisite Tudor Christmas decorations around Smithills Hall. Poppins Tea Room will be selling mince pies and mulled wine. Free entry.


Smithills Hall Festive tour, Wednesday 18 December, 1.30pm

It’s a beautiful time of the year at Smithills Hall as it is decked with magnificent Tudor and Victorian Christmas decorations.


Explore Smithills Hall with a guided tour of this fantastic building and discover more about the history of the hall and the traditions of the decorations. Tickets cost £5 adults and £4 concessions.

Please book in advance, you can pay by cash or debit card at Smithills Hall or call Tel: 01204 332377.


Christmas craft and quiz

Saturday 21 December, 1pm to 2.30pm, Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum

Come along and make Christmas Cards for family and friends. Then take part in a festive quiz around the Hall.

Tickets cost £2 per child. Please book children’s places on Eventbrite (children must still be accompanied by an adult.


Community Libraries


Santa post box now at Westhoughton Library until 17 December

If you’ve not had chance to write to Santa pop along to Westhoughton Library where you can write your letter and post it in the special post box. Come back a week later and find a letter from Santa just for you on the Elf board!


Countdown to Christmas

Monday 2, 9 and 16 December, 4pm to 5pm, Blackrod Library

As the festive season approaches come along and enjoy Christmas themed stories and crafts:

Monday 2 December - Christmas Robins

Monday 9 December - Christmas Elves and Fairies

Monday 16 December - Father Christmas


Coffee and Carols at Harwood Library

Friday 6 December, 10am to 11am

Join us as we celebrate Christmas with wonderful songs sung by

St Columba’s Primary School Choir.

Light refreshments will be available.


Coffee and Carols at Horwich Library, Friday 13 December

11am to 12.30pm

Come and have a brew and a mince pie at Horwich Library, chat and have

some festive cheer.


Festive Saturdays at Blackrod Library! 

Get festive and enjoy our seasonal craft and activity sessions from 10am to 11am on:

Sat 14 December:

Christmas Reindeer songs and crafts


Sat 21 December:

Christmas Elves’ Treasure Hunt

Suitable for age 4 to 11. Free drop in session and no need to book.


Oh, Christmas Tree! Breightmet Library

Saturday 14 December, 2.30pm

Come along to our festive ‘Oh, Christmas Tree!’ story and craft special. Fun for all the family and make a special decoration for you to take home.

Free session for age 4+ but all the family are welcome.


Coffee and Carols at Breightmet Library

Tuesday 17 December, 10am to 11am

Come along and enjoy free light refreshments, a mince pie and seasonal songs

sung by a choir from Leverhulme Primary School.


Decorate your own Christmas bauble at Breightmet Library

Tuesday 17 December, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Join us at Breightmet Library to decorate your own sparkling Christmas bauble to take home and put on your tree.

This is a free event for both children and adults. Our Christmas elf will be on hand to offer assistance.


Coffee and Carols at Blackrod Library 

Thursday 19 December, 10.30am

Children from Blackrod Church School will perform songs from their Christmas play.

Refreshments and mince pies will be served.


Coffee and Carols at Westhoughton Library 

Thursday 19 December, 11am

Join us as children from St Bartholomew’s Primary school sing seasonal songs and bring some festive cheer.

Refreshments and mince pies will be served.


Cockle-warming Christmas stories and poems at Breightmet Library! 

Thursday 19 December, 2pm to 3pm

Join us for a jolly hour of seasonal stories and poems to warm your cockles this winter.

Free light refreshments and a mince pie await!

Harwood Library's Christmas trail 

Saturday 21 December to Sunday 5 January

Our Christmas trail will be up during the festive holidays - come along and see if you can find all the Christmas trees!


Children’s Christmas Crafts at Horwich Library 

Saturday 21, 28 December and 4 January, 10am to 12pm

Come and have some festive fun at Horwich Library!

There will be a various themed craft activities each Saturday during the holidays.

Free drop in activity sessions and suitable children under the age of 11.


Get ready for Santa! Westhoughton Library

Saturday 21 December, 10.30am to 11.30am

On Christmas Eve the reindeers fly,

Pulling Santa across the sky,

Sprinkle food to guide the sleigh, 

And help the reindeer on their way!

Come along and make your own reindeer dust to guide Santa’s sleigh.


Christmas Crafts at Farnworth Library on:

Saturday 21 December 2pm to 3pm

Monday 23 December 2pm to 3pm


Family cinema, High Street Library, Saturday 21 December, 2.15pm

 All the family can join us for a free showing of Tim Burton’s classic Christmas film ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’. Please collect your free ticket in advance from High Street Library.


Nightmare Before Christmas quiz, High Street Library, Sunday 22 December, 2pm to 3pm

Test your seasonal knowledge with our live quiz on books, films music and more. Questions to suit all ages.


Teenage Reading Club, High Street Library, Monday 23 and 30 December, 12.15pm to 1.15pm

If you are 11 and older and would like to talk about books with other young people your age come along to our two Christmas editions of the Teenage Reading Club. Get tips on great books to read and make new friends!


Gingerbread House group craft, High Street Library, Monday 23 December, 2pm to 3pm

Together we will decorate a giant Gingerbread House! Colour, paint, chalk, sticker and stamp your way to some biscuit treats at the end.


Christmas crafts at Westhoughton Library

  • Monday 23 December, 2pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday 24 December, 2pm to 3pm
  • Friday 27 December, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Saturday 28 December, 10.30am to 11.30am

Come along to our seasonal craft sessions.


Shiny Santa Christmas Decoration, High Street Library, Tuesday 24 December, 12.30pm to 5pm

Make your very own Christmas decoration!


Snowflake Snowman, High Street Library, Saturday 28 December, 2.15pm to 3.15pm

Create a snowflake snowman winter scene.


Winter Crafts at Farnworth Library on:

Saturday 28 December 2pm to 3pm

Monday 30 December 2pm to 3pm


Winter Bingo, High Street Library, Sunday 29 December, 2pm to 3pm

All the family can try their luck with our Winter Bingo session. Tick all the winter themed books, songs and movies off your list and be first to shout ‘Bingo!’


New Year Spectacles, High Street Library, Monday 30 December, 2pm to 3pm

Cut out, colour and decorate a set of party glasses to ring in the new year. Have 20 20 vision for the year ahead!


New Year’s craft at Harwood Library

Tuesday 31 December, 11am to 3pm

Pop in and make a 2020 New Year Crown.


New Year Party Hat, High Street Library, Tuesday 31 December, 12.30pm to 4pm

Colour, decorate and glue together a party hat to ring in the New Year!


New Year’s craft at Westhoughton Library

Tuesday 31 December, 2pm to 3pm

Make your New Year’s Eve crown, ready to see in the new year in!


Origami – Holiday Session, High Street Library, Thursday 2 January, 11am to 12pm

Join us for another of our special origami sessions. Learn the folds to make some neat figures with our special decorated paper.


New Year Bingo! Westhoughton Library, Thursday 2 January, 2pm to 3pm

Welcome the New Year in with a game or two of bingo.


New Year calendar, High Street Library, Thursday 2 January, 2pm to 3pm

Create your own calendar, colour, decorate and mark all the important dates for the coming year!


Waddling Penguin, High Street Library, Saturday 4 January, 2.15pm to 3.15pm

Cut and paste card to make a penguin. Attach a straw and make it waddle along its merry way.


Bingo – New Years resolutions, High Street Library, Sunday 5 January, 2pm to 3pm

All the family can try their luck with our New Year Bingo session. Tick all the resolutions off your list and be first to shout ‘Bingo!’ And watch out for the horrid resolutions that the Grinch has put in!