FREE rides on the ferris wheel are among the many treats in store for the festive finale of Tameside Christmas Market.

The third and final weekend of the event, in Market Street, Ashton, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (8-10 December) will also include children’s entertainers, facepainting, gingerbread decorating, brass bands, dancers and more.

Other highlights include over 20 traditional cabin stalls selling handmade crafts and gifts as well as delicious festive food and drinks. And not to forget Santa’s Grotto, raising money for local charities.

On Saturday you can enjoy free Storytime with Santa from 10-10.30am and a free children’s crafts workshop from 11am to 1pm while on Sunday there will be free donkey rides from 11am to 3pm.

There will also be welcome elves and a variety of festive walkabout characters, which are presenting some great selfie and photo opportunities!

Visitors can relax with refreshments in the heated marquee while enjoying music, singing and dance performances.

Tameside Council Executive Deputy Leader Cllr John Taylor, who is responsible for markets, said: “It has been a great year for Tameside Christmas Market– we’ve had some really positive feedback from visitors and traders and there’s still lots of fun to come for this final weekend.

“The Christmas market complements the many vibrant shops and market stalls already on offer, helping to attract more shoppers and boosting business while providing a fun family event for everyone across the borough and beyond. Come along and enjoy the festive atmosphere.”

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Opening times as follows: Friday and Saturday: 10am-9pm (some stalls may close at 7pm); Sunday: 10am-4pm.