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Santa is coming to Westhoughton - 2022 Visits   >>  Latest! Santa Float 2023

December saw Santa out and about in Westhoughton travelling around on his sleigh, assisted by the Elves of the Rotary Club of Westhoughton.

Marking the return of the evening tours (the first since 2019), for 11 evenings and one day at Sainsbury's sleigh bells and Christmas songs could be heard as Santa enchanted children ahead of Christmas.

This year you were able to track Santa as he makes his way around Westhoughton with the Santa Sleightracker app. Download via Google Play or the Apple App Store (search for Rotary Club of Westhoughton or enable show location).

As Westhoughton grows routes are being reviewed, and whilst it is not possible to visit everywhere, with the routes below and the day at Sainsbury's it is hoped most local children will get a chance to see Santa.

Latest updates on the Rotary Facebook Page - comments and tags welcome as the tour progresses and we spread some Rotary Christmas Cheer!

Santa visiting Westhoughton

"Thanks to the money we collect from generous local people with our Father Christmas sleigh, we are able to fund our community events and donations."

"… the kind of financial support given to us by Rotary has become even more important and appreciated."

"First one door opens, then another… excited adults and children come out as they realise that the Rotary Sleigh is back on their street."

No matter the weather, on the following evenings in December, starting his tour from 6pm finishing around 9:00pm, Santa will be visiting these areas:

  • Friday, 9th December
    Over Hulton.
  • Monday, 12th December
    Southfield Drive / Dobb Brow / Green Meadows / Greenfields.
  • Tuesday, 13th December
    Molyneux Road / Captain Leas area / Forest Drive.
  • Wednesday, 14th December
    Cherwell Road / Wayfaring.
  • Thursday, 15th December
    Eatock Way area.
  • Friday, 16th December
    Daisy Hill - The Hoskers / St. George's Avenue / Daisy Hall Drive.
  • Saturday, 17th December
    Sainsbury's Westhoughton (daytime, 9am to 3pm).
  • Sunday, 18th December
    Hunger Hill (the Tavern side of the estate, 5pm).
  • Monday, 19th December
    Metal Box / Chew Moor
  • Tuesday, 20th December
    Quakerfields / Hart Common / Hewlett Way / Perseverance Close.
  • Wednesday, 21st December
    Daisy Hill - Hydrangea Close / Hartford Road / Old Vicarage / Landedmans.
  • Thursday, 22nd December
    Daisy Hill - Hydrangea Close, Hartford Road, Marsham Road, Marlbrook Drive, Old Vicarage.
  • Friday, 20th December
    Madison Park / Wingates / Church Street.

As well as giving children a chance to see and meet Santa as his float travels around Westhoughton, this is a key fundraising activity for the Rotary Club of Westhoughton which uses the gratefully received donations to support local community groups and charities, handing out grants to some 20 deserving groups doing good work at the Annual Presentation Evening in the Spring.

Update 21/4/23: The total collected this year is £5,640. The Rotary Club of Westhoughton is very grateful to the wonderful people of Westhoughton for their generosity. The hard-pressed elves couldn't have achieved this without solid support from our Inner Wheel ladies and also an extended team of willing volunteers - their support is as ever greatly appreciated.

Rotary Club of Westhoughton Santa Float presentation evening 20/4/23 - recipients of cheques (photo: Phil Wood)

The presentation evening took place at the Mercure Bolton on 20th April 23 with 19 organisations receiving a cheque: Inner Wheel; Remap; Senior Solutions; Wednesday Club; Kidz2gether; Bolton Dementia Support; Samaritans; Friends of Westhoughton Station; Blessings in Disguise; Prostate Cancer Support; Hog Haven (hedgehog rescue); North West Blood Bikes; Fortalice; The Guides Association; Wingates Band; Westhoughton Community Assist (WAS); Derian House; Bolton Hospice and Parkinson's Society. Full Report.

Santa visiting WesthoughtonThe Rotary Club of Westhoughton is grateful to Bolton Kia for once again loaning a tow-car for Santa's sleigh, as well at to James Booth Bolton for their support. The tour is only possible thanks to all the volunteers giving up their free-time without whom… And of course, for local people's support and generosity during their collections, which really do make a difference.


Have a lovely Christmas!



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