Town comes alive in spirit of season

Santa Claus makes his way thorugh Matlock town centre at the annual Matlock Victorian Christmas Market.
Santa Claus makes his way thorugh Matlock town centre at the annual Matlock Victorian Christmas Market.
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A weekend of festive frivolity is coming to Matlock, as the town prepares for Christmas.

This year’s Victorian Christmas Market, organised by Matlock Town Council and Matlock Business Group, will take place on November 30, December 1 and 2.

The annual event, held in Hall Leys Park, will feature more than 150 stalls, traditional crafts, local produce and Christmas gifts. There will also be entertainment from jugglers, a fire eater, clown and Zios, the robotic entertainers.

Cllr Geoff Stevens, chairman of the organising committee, said “The event will finish on Sunday, December 2, at 5.15pm with a Christmas firework spectacular”.

On the Friday night, November 30, Matlock Town Team has organised a late night shopping event, during which shops will be open until 8pm. The evening will feature a Christingle service hosted by Churches Together outside Peli Deli, in Crown Square, at 5.30pm and a choir to keep Yuletide spirits high.

Wendy Spencer, director of Matlock Town Team, said: “We have Hello Kitty, Scooby Doo and Santa wondering around town, along with some acoustic musicians.”

The Mercury and Matlock Town Council are running a competition for two deserving youngsters to help BBC weather presenter Anna Church officially switch the Christmas lights on at 4.45pm on Saturday, December 1.

Entrants must be 12 years old or under and should send a brief letter saying why they deserve to win to Christmas Competition, Matlock Mercury, 37 Station Road, Chesterfield, S41 7XD, by Monday, November 19, including their name, age, address and telephone number.

Alternatively they can email news@matlockmercury.co.uk with ’Christmas Competition’ as the subject.