Laxey is inviting the local community to come along and celebrate the festive season in the village this Christmas.

A number of special events are planned including the return of the popular Laxey Village Christmas Markets, which are taking place this weekend, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November, between 10am and 4pm.

Spread across the village, stalls selling a range of wonderful gifts and tasty treats from local suppliers will be set up at The Laxey Glen, Christ Church, The Laxey Working Men’s Institute and tram station. Festive treats will be available under the tent by the glen and little ones will have the opportunity to meet Father Christmas at the Working Men’s Institute too.

Great Laxey Mine Railway will also be running its Christmas trains between 11am and 4pm on both days, and there will be a craft fair at Cooil Roi Sheltered Housing Complex, Glen Road, on Saturday.

From Friday 3rd December until Tuesday 3rd January, Garff Commissioners, supported by Christ Church Laxey, is also excited to welcome back the 2021 Christmas Tree Parade following the success of the 2020 event. A wonderful array of festive trees decorated by local businesses and community groups will be on display in the church, which will be open for all to enjoy.

There will be a memorial Christmas tree to remember those no longer here, with visitors able to attach a message in memory of a loved one. There will also be an interactive puzzle tree provided by Exit Strategy with the opportunity to win a voucher for afternoon tea.

Martin Royle, deputy clerk of Garff Commissioners, said: ‘We are inviting people of all ages to come and enjoy the festivities in Laxey this Christmas. We have some lovely events planned and the Christmas Tree Parade in particular is set to be a great spectacle – great for families!

‘While in Laxey why not make a day of it and get some Christmas shopping done at some of our lovely shops such as Laxey Woollen Mills, Mother T’s and JJ Ribbons. There’s plenty of tasty eateries like The Shed, The Laxey Glen and Laxey Kitchen for when you get peckish too! We can’t wait to welcome faces old and new to the village this Christmas.’