Christmas event lights up New Mills

Crowds at New Mills Christmas lights switch on on Saturday. Photo by Visit  New Mills.
Crowds at New Mills Christmas lights switch on on Saturday. Photo by Visit New Mills.
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Crowds flocked to New Mills on Saturday, for the town’s biggest Christmas event yet.

With street performers to a Santa’s grotto, to live music and festive stalls, the Christmas lights switch on had something for everyone.

From 6pm, the town centre was transformed into a winter wonderland with New Mills brass band at the town hall, a 19th century organ on the High Street and fairground rides and entertainment on Market Street and Torr Top Street.

Organiser Sean Whewell, of Visit New Mills, said: “In the past, the switch on has taken about an hour and a half and involved standing around the Christmas tree carol singing, but this year it was so much more!

“With the help of High Peak Borough Council, we closed off several roads in the centre and it made such a difference. Often it’s kids dragging their parents to see Father Christmas or the fair but this year, there was plenty for the mums and dads too. There were queues at the spiced cider stand all night long.

“It worked really well, we had 24 market stalls. New Mills has never seen anything like it. Food-wise, we had everything from paella and pancakes to pizza and bratwurst.”

Revellers could enjoy performances from Emmerdale’s Tony Audenshaw’s band White Van Man on the stage by Sainsbury’s and a tipple in the Torrs pub, which closed two years ago but reopened for especially for the night.

Organisers have begun planning next year’s event on November 29, which they have promised will be even bigger and better.

For more photos, see Thursday’s Advertiser.