Alderley Edge Parish Council had already planned to make some changes to the Christmas lights switch-on this year, whch included moving the event to a Saturday - in the hope that this would make it easier for children to attend with their parents on a non-school night.
However, due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, local residents were unable to gather in the village centre as per usual to celebrate the countdown to Christmas.
Councillor Craig Browne said "Unfortunately, as we all know, the national restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus made any kind of mass-participation event impossible this year, so the lights were quietly turned on without the usual countdown, staging or on-street stalls.
"We were determined however, to make sure that the three Christmas Trees (at the junctions of Macclesfield Road and Ryleys Lane, as well as at Wood Gardens) should be in place as usual and that the tree lights and lamp column decorations should be turned on.
"We hope that by lighting the village centre for Christmas, people will be encouraged to look to the future and the hope of brighter times ahead."