Final preparations are underway to ensure Belper’s Christmas cracker goes with an almighty bang this week.
A packed programme of events has been lined up for the event, which takes place this Friday in the Memorial Gardens and on King Street.
The excitement kicks off from around 5pm with entertainment for the whole family.
There will be street entertainment and charity stalls, a Santa’s grotto in the rates office, a roundabout for children, a striker and a tin can alley on King Street.
Belper Town Wind Band will be on hand to give some brassy festive melody to the event, as will the traditional fairground organ which will be doing the rounds.
The lights will be switched on at 5.45pm prompt in the Memorial Gardens by Town Mayor Dan Booth and veteran Eric Reedman.
Hero Mr Reedman, 93, was awarded the Legion d’honneur by the French Government, the country’s highest military honour, on Remembrance Sunday.
Belper Town Council has reluctantly had to curtail the event after Derbyshire County Council refused to allow all of King Street to be closed – despite approving the closure in previous years.
But the council has assured residents that the event will still be full of festive cheer, even without the closure.
Milford’s Christmas lights will be switched on this Friday too.
The excitement starts at 5pm at Milford Triangle.
The lights will be turned on by Belper Mayor Dan Booth, Santa and the Elf.
Children from Milford School will sing some Christmas songs. s
Milford Social Club will be open for refreshments afterwards and a ‘special guest’ will be on hand to give children presents.
A road closure order will be in place on Chevin Road with its junctions with the A6 and Sunny Hill from 4.45pm until 5.45pm whilst this event takes place.
On Sunday, December 6, Belper’s first ever Christmas Food Festival is taking place.
There will be a brass band playing seasonal music and Christmas carols, a Santa’s Grotto, bouncy castle, coconut shy and Hope for Belper are to provide some free activities for the children.
The event is free to attend and will suit all ages.
Around 12,000 people turned up on the day for the latest instalment of the annual summer event with music across four stages, a beer festival, crafts, a classic car show and, of course, lots of food from 140 different stalls.
For more information, visit: http://www.belpertowncouncil.gov.uk/