Santa arrived by canal boat to Whaley Bridge’s Christmas lights switch on event on Friday, to the delight of the town’s children.
The festivities started with the lantern parade at 5.30pm, which was postponed from last month due to high winds, where crowds walked from the bowling club with homemade beacons towards the canal basin.
The procession route was lit by space-themed screens designed by local artist Lucy Twigg.
Revellers were treated to a Christmas market in the Mechanics Institute, Santa’s grotto downstairs in Footsteps, as well as performances from Whaley Bridge Band and Powder Kegs Morris Dancers.
While Martin Thomas, chairman of Whaley Bridge Town Council, turned on the town’s lights outside the Jodrell Arms at 7pm.
Keith Hufton, one of the organisers, said: “It was a big success, the biggest Christmas event we’ve had. It’s the first year that we’ve combined the lantern parade and the Christmas lights switch on but it worked really well.
“It was nice that all the different community groups came together to help organise the event, the Rose Queen Committee, the fireworks people and the Whaley Water Weekend. It was buzzing. Next year, we’re hoping to hold a whole Christmas festival so watch this space!”