Wilmslow's Christmas lights switch-on event on Saturday 20th November was well-supported, drawing what the Town Council believe to be the largest crowds since they began organising the event.
The start of the festive day began with the opening of the Christmas Artisan Markets on Alderley Road at 10am. In the afternoon, the reindeer - including one baby reindeer on his first outing - were on display in the Romany gardens. Additionally, 'Living Lamp Posts' – three metre tall walking and talking lamp posts - entertained the crowds and posed for photographs.
At 4pm, Santa arrived at the Romany gardens to accompany his reindeer for a parade through the gardens and down Grove Street to Grove Avenue.
At Bank Square, there was live music from local band Fondabath, followed by performances by the Wilmslow High School Concert Band, Wilmslow High School Voices, Dance & Theatre School's cast of Aladdin and the Gorsey Bank Choir.
Wilmslow-resident, GP and author Dr Rangan Chatterjee switched on Wilmslow's new Christmas lights, accompanied by his family.
WFA's Erik Garner hosted the on-stage entertainment. Erik said, "It was great to have the Wilmslow Christmas Light Switch-on back. It always feels like the start of the build up to Christmas. I think that it was by far the biggest turn-out ever to watch Dr Chatterjee plunge the plunger and turn on Wilmslow's fabulous brand-new lights!"
Wilmslow Town Council Chairman, Martin Watkins, said of the event, "What a spectacular day for Wilmslow: the number of people in attendance was incredible, the weather conditions were just right, and the market, music and entertainment really put people in the festive spirit.
"We hope those who attended had a memorable day and – along with residents, businesses and visitors - enjoy the beautiful new lights during the Christmas period.
"Our thanks go to Dr Rangan Chatterjee for doing the important job of switching the lights on, and all those who contributed and attended, for making Saturday a real community event for Wilmslow."