The Christmas Window Trail is returning to Ashton this year with some serious creative sparkle and will launch on Saturday 18 November when Tameside Christmas Lantern Parade takes place.
Designed to bring Christmas cheer to all, support independent businesses after a challenging few years - and shine a light on the creativity in Ashton throughout the season - the Christmas Window Trail pairs 12 local businesses with a talented artist to create a stunning walking trail through the town centre.
For added fun, families can discover the name of two cheeky Christmas Elves by following the trail and finding the letters. Chris, from No Eyed Theatre, has also written a story to accompany the trail which is centred around a festive shopping list.
The artist and business owners have worked together and truly collaborated to create festive window display ideas, channelling the creativity, imagination and talent of the artist to bring them to life for the trail and captivate passers-by with beautiful works of art.
Additionally, local illustrator Christine Anderson has designed a beautiful map that can be downloaded below.
The businesses taking part are:
Located in Tameside One in the centre of Ashton, the library offers local people a wide range of services including computer learning, language courses, and talking books, as well as a wide range of books to browse and borrow. The Library also offers a variety of community groups for adults, children and babies.
Decisions is a small, independent fashion boutique in Ashton-under-Lyne. Founded in 1999 and stocking a wide range of sought-after and designer labels, Decisions is a stalwart of Ashton town centre, helping women feel their best and stay effortlessly stylish all year round.
Busy Hands Wool Shop
A family-owned wool shop in the centre of Ashton on Old Street, Busy Hands offers a large selection of wool and haberdashery for knitting, crocheting, crafting and more.
Gibson Music Shop
Established over 20 years ago, Gibson stocks a wide range of electric, acoustic and bass guitars as well as banjos, mandolins and ukuleles designed to cater for every genre and budget, as well as strings, amps, pedals and tuners from top brands to compliment any guitar setup.
Monstrous Light Games
Ashton’s very own tabletop wargaming and RPG hobby store, selling a wide range of game-based products and accessories for the committed roleplayer!
Cameraz is a family-run picture framing and photographic shop in the centre of Ashton, based on Stamford Street. The shop also runs as a gallery for many Tameside-based artists.
LOOMROOM Collaborative Studio in the heart of Ashton-under-Lyne provides innovative hairdressing and barbering, and a number of organic and eco-friendly products, in a comforting and relaxed environment.
Independent shop selling cards, balloons and gifts for a range of occasions - based in the centre of Ashton on the beautiful Market Avenue.
Much loved shop selling ladies shoes and handbags, with a great choice including wider fittings - all sold and fitted with a personal, friendly service.
Men’s clothing store which offers a wide range of brands and stylish, vibrant fashion items. A mainstay of independent retail in Ashton.
Offering prescription glasses, sunglasses and reglazes, Manchester Optical’s factory shop allows visitors to cut out the middleman on their optical purchase and save money on high street prices.
The Salvation Army Ashton
The Ashton-under-Lyne branch of the Salvation Army charity shop offers cut-price clothing, games, books and homeware, and raises money for a range of community causes.
The trail will start on Saturday 18 November 2023 and run until Christmas Eve.
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