IT is time for youngsters to get creative for the festive season.

We have launched our Design a Christmas Card competition for children to come up with their festive creations.

Readers of the Bury Times and Radcliffe Times will vote for their favourite designs and the winners will have their cards printed, as well as win fantastic prizes.

The competition is open to children aged four to 11.

To enter, all you need to do is draw a design for the front of your card in the template, which you can download and print off from our website, or ask for one from your school.

Your card can be made using paints, coloured pencils, or felt-tip pens. Once you have finished your card, fill in the details on the form and send it to Design a Christmas Card Competition, Editorial Department, Bury and Radcliffe Times, The Wellsprings, Civic Centre, Bolton, BL1 1AR, by November 16. A selection of the best cards will be printed in a special supplement on November 22 when readers will be able to vote for their favourite designs.

Usual Newsquest rules apply, which can be viewed at

The winners will be announced at the end of November, with the cards being professionally printed by Impression Ltd at the start of December so they can be sent out to friends and family in time for Christmas.

Winners will also receve a toy bundle courtesy of The Entertainer and a chocolate Santa from Slattery.