Christmas in Warrington

Christmas in Warrington

Christmas in Warrington launched with a carnival of festive fun over the weekend of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November, which included artisan markets, choir performances, fair ground rides, a lantern parade and a spectacular after-dark light and sound show at Warrington Town Hall.

If you are planning on heading into town this Christmas, visit We Are Warrington's website for information on festive activities in the town centre.

Council services

Non-essential council services will be closed from 25 December and will reopen on Monday 2 January 2022.

  • You can report non-urgent issues on our report page.
  • You can use the out-of-hours service for the contact centre.
  • If you need to let us know about a rough sleeper, please report it here.
  • If you urgently need to speak to someone in adult social care, please ring 01925 443322, option 2.
  • If you urgently need to speak to someone in children's social services, please ring our out of hours number on 01925 444400. There will be a duty team working on Tuesday 29 December to Friday 31 December, that can be contacted on 01925 443400 from 9am to 5pm. 
  • The registrar office can be contacted using the out-of-hours contact centre service.
  • Domestic abuse services;
    • Refuge, IDVA service will be closed on 25, 28 December and 1 January. During those days, anyone calling the service will need to leave a message on our answer phone. We will be checking our messages regularly and will respond to any urgent messages.  Any non-urgent messages will be dealt with the following working day. Call 01925 417138.

    • Warrington Women’s Aid - Christmas Eve, 8am -3pm. Open Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30and Thursday 31 December 8.00am - 4.00pm. Call 01925 243359.

Bin collections

Bin collections and recycling

Your usual bin collection day may change over the Christmas period:

Usual bin day Revised bin day
Friday 23 December No change
Saturday 24 December No bin collections (no change)
Sunday 25 December No bin collections (no change)
Monday 26 December No bin collections (bank holiday)
Tuesday 27 December No change
Wednesday 28 December No change
Thursday 29 December  No change
Friday 30 January No change

Please remember:

  • Christmas cards, cardboard packaging and foil can go in your blue recycling bin as well as aluminium cans and glass bottles
  • Christmas trees can be recycled via St Rocco’s tree collection for a small donation, or you can take trees, wreaths and plants to community recycling centres
  • Some wrapping paper can’t be recycled due to the mix of materials and sticky tape can cause trouble for recycling plants. Make sure you remove any tape and do the scrunch test – if the paper springs back, it can’t be recycled
  • Don’t put batteries in your bins as they may cause a fire. You can dispose of batteries at your local recycling bank or LiveWire library. Lots of supermarkets also have battery recycling bins
  • Christmas tree lights can be taken to some of our community recycling centres that accept small electrical items
  • Baubles and tinsel can’t be recycled. Re-use them for as long as you can, but if their time has come, put them in your normal household waste.

Our local community recycling centres will still be open through December:

  • Gatewarth community recycling centre is open 8am - 6pm throughout the year.
  • Woolston community recycling centre is open 10am - 4pm weekdays, 8am - 6pm weekends.
  • Stockton Heath community recycling centre is open 10am - 4pm weekdays, 8am - 4pm weekends.

Please note that all community recycling centres are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

For more information about what you can and can’t recycle, or to find your nearest recycling centre, visit the bins, waste and recycling sections of our website.

Warrington Market

Warrington Market will be closed on bank holidays over the festive period, but there's still plenty of time to visit your favorite local independent businesses:

Christmas opening times

Main market

  • Christmas Eve: 8.30am - 4pm
  • 25 to 27 December: Closed
  • 28 to 30 December: 9am - 5pm
  • New Year's Eve: 9am - 4pm
  • New Year's Day: Closed
  • 2 January: Closed


  • Christmas Eve: 9am - 4pm
  • 25 to 27 December: Closed
  • 28 to 30 December: 9am - 7pm
  • New Year's Eve: 9am - 1am
  • New Year's Day: Closed
  • 2 January: Closed

For more information, visit the market's webpage.


LiveWire neighbourhood hub and library opening hours will be affected over the Christmas period. More information can be found on LiveWire's website.

Please note: all leisure activities need to be pre-booked.

Golden Square Shopping Centre

Golden Square Shopping Centre's opening hours will be change over the festive period to provide more opportunity for shopping in the run up to Christmas.

The shopping centre will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Stay vigilant against loan sharks

Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, but for the millions of families struggling with spiralling debt to loan sharks it can be the most terrifying time of the year.  Our figures show that nearly one in ten people who borrowed from loan sharks last year did so to cover the costs of Christmas.

Loan sharks create an environment of fear, intimidation and control for their victims and they will use almost any means to tempt people into taking out a loan with them. They know how to spot people who are vulnerable and who need money. This creates a vicious cycle of debt for those unable to pay back their loans and often leads to serious financial issues, such as families losing their homes or being pushed into extreme poverty because they do not have enough money to survive.

The only way we can put an end to illegal money lending is with your help. Your support means we can reach more people who are at risk, put loan sharks out of business and help victims rebuild their lives. It's especially important we spread awareness of loan sharks tactics during the festive season when their activity increases dramatically.

Follow these safety tips to protect yourself and loved ones from loan sharks:

  1. If you're struggling to make ends meet and need cash fast, the thought of a loan shark might seem tempting, but remember these lenders are not your friends. Debt can quickly spiral out of control – it's important to think carefully before taking out a loan and consider other options.
  2. Never send money or give credit card, online account details or copies of personal documents to anyone you don’t know or trust. This information is valuable so make sure you protect it from criminals who can use it to find and stalk you, harass you or threaten those you love.
  3. If you’re thinking about borrowing money, it’s important to check that your lender is genuine. Loan sharks operate illegally without the correct permission from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Do your research first and check the firm or person you're dealing with is listed on the Financial Services Register.
  4. When exploitative loan sharks are preying on hardship, it’s vital for people to know there is an ethical, local, not-for-profit alternative available. Credit unions are a lifeline for many people, with their services helping members to save regularly, borrow responsibly and keep track of their finances. There are other community lenders who are mostly not for profit, and who reinvest any surpluses into serving vulnerable customers, which can be found on
  5. Getting trapped in a never-ending spiral of debt after borrowing from a loan shark can have devastating consequences, not only on your finances but also on most other aspects of your life, including your mental health, work and relationships with your family and friends. If you're worried about a friend or family member, or if you need help yourself, Stop Loan Sharks can offer confidential advice and support.

Are you worried about a friend or family member who is being taken advantage of by a loan shark? Contact the Stop Loan Sharks 24/7 Helpline online or by phoning 0300 555 2222 for support. Live Chat is available on the website between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.