Families gathered in the village centre on Saturday November 13th for the return of the Alderley Edge Christmas Light Switch on.
The festivities kicked off at 11am with a Christmas market on South Street car park along with a craft area where children could create their own lantern for the parade which took place along London Road led by pupils and staff from Alderley Edge School for Girls.
This was followed by the switching on of the new Christmas lights by Councillor Mike Dudley-Jones.
Councillor Craig Browne said "It was a pleasure to see so many fellow residents at and welcome so many visitors to our Christmas Lights Switch On event. This year we wanted to make a break with the past and try something a bit different and I think the inclusion of a Christmas Market helped to create more of a buzz. The Cllr Craig Browne feedback I have received, both from residents and village retailers has been very positive and most were enthusiastic about the community atmosphere that the event helped to create.
"Originally we had planned to have an internationally recognised celebrity to switch the lights on for us; however, Father Christmas had to send his apologies at the last minute and of course we all understand that he is very busy at this time of year. We were very grateful to him though, for making an appearance at the market during the afternoon and taking the time to speak to so many children. Ultimately, the lights were turned on by Cllr Mike Dudley-Jones, Chair of Alderley Edge Parish Council, ably assisted by the children who helped him with the countdown."
Cllr Browne added "I would like to record my thanks to students and staff from Alderley Edge School for Girls, who led our Lantern Parade along London Road, as well as children and their parents from Alderley Edge Community Primary School who helped to plant a new Christmas Tree in the raised bed in front of Waitrose. We hope that over the next three or four years the tree will double in height and that one day we will be able to decorate it with festive lights, further adding to the village's celebration of Christmas.
"Finally, with the help of a grant from the Alderley Edge Institute Trust, the Parish Council has this year invested in new lights to decorate permanent trees along London Road. The old lights had been in place for many years and each year we had to cross our fingers that they would actually turn on. I am sure everyone will agree that the new lights are much brighter, warmer and a big improvement."