Following the switch-on, families then made their way down onto Market Street to the Christmas fair, complete with huge rides and a snow machine.
The fair proved hugely popular, with children, young and old, enjoying the rides, although the look of surprise on some faces was wonderful when they turned the corner to see huge rides set up on Market Street. Santa even paid a visit. For the grown-ups amongst us, many shops and businesses were open for Christmas shopping, with many running special promotions.
The event, which is organised by New Mills Christmas Lights Committee, couldn’t be put on without the co-operation of the local businesses who put up lights, open their shops and have special offers and tasters for us all to enjoy on the night - hoping we will return to support their businesses throughout the year and ensure we continue to have a variety of traders in New Mills. Various other organisations also help to support the event. In previous years donations were received from High Peak Community Housing and High Peak Borough Council to enable special Christmas displays to be purchased for the Market Hall.
As a result of the continuing success of the event, the Committee is also able to support and promote other New Mills events and organisations. In 2008, the Committee contributed towards the purchase of new ‘carnival’ flags for the town, which were put up throughout the town in the run-up to the Parade and Fete, and made a donation to St Johns’ Ambulance and Heartstart at the local surgery.
As with most local events, the event’s organisers would welcome anyone who would like to join the organising committee or assist or support the event in any way.
The Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on event obviously wouldn’t take place without Christmas Trees being put up throughout the town. Other than the town’s main Christmas tree, all the trees are paid for by individual businesses and are put up by New Mills Junior Football Club as one of their main fundraising initiatives.
The festive season in New Mills officially starts on Monday 29th November with the town’s annual Christmas lights switch-on event.
Festivities start at 4.30pm with a fun fair on Market Street and the official switch-on ceremony, which will include a brass band and carols sung by local children, will take place outside the Town Hall at 6.30pm.
The lights will be switched on by Chantell Hannell, Chair of New Mills Town Council, accompanied by winners of a Christmas-themed art competition. There will also be a visit from Santa. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served.
Crowds will then be able to wander back down to Market Street to do a little Christmas shopping, enjoy the entertainment, meet Santa and have more fun on the fair. Events and promotions will be taking place throughout the town centre through the evening.
Information on this year’s Switch-on event will be published on this web-site in the run-up to the event. It will also be published in the local press (Buxton Advertiser, Glossop Chronicle, Stockport Express and High Peak Review) and broadcast on High Peak Radio (http://www.highpeakradio.co.uk/).
For further information, please contact Jeff Lawton (07973 828723) of New Mills Christmas Lights Committee. Alternatively e-mail the committee on firstname.lastname@example.org.