Light Switch-On, Fireworks and more …
Many Matlock families now make this a very special weekend with relatives and friends visiting for their early Christmas get together. Now ranking as one of the top Christmas Events in the East Midlands they are joined by visitors from all over the country. The event is now also popular with visitors from abroad and has the advantage of being held in Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Hall Leys Park one of the country’s most beautiful and award winning Town Centre Parks. The event has its own individuality with many of the stalls being housed in three heated and carpeted marquees, but it still retains its traditional Christmas market atmosphere with outside stalls adding to the mix.
THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND
Festive Refreshments including Mulled Wine
Smooth Radio providing visitor and station information
Entertainment includes: roller skating Illuminated Christmas Characters; Steel Band; Carnival Showband; Highland Band; James McKay and his Owls; Circus Wizz; Street Organ and some visitors from another galaxy.
SANTA’S CHRISTMAS PARADE – 4.15pm approx
Starts at the bottom of Dimple Road, travels along Bakewell Road, through Crown Square, along Causeway Lane and back over Matlock Bridge and along Dale Road.
Parade includes: Coach and Horses provided by Red House Stables of Darley Dale; Ambassadors of Borrowash Carnival Showband and a selection of models from the famous Matlock Bath Illuminations Boat Parade.
MATLOCK CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH-ON – 4.45pm approx
Following the parade, on the Hall Leys Park Band Stand, our celebrities will switch on the Matlock Christmas Lights.
This year the event has been working with the prestigious Buxton Opera House and their pantomime Star Jessica Revell from CBBC’s “Tracy Beaker” and the “The Dumping Ground” who will appear in “Sleeping Beauty” from 9th until 31st December. Also appearing will be Gareth Evans, the popular Breakfast presenter on East Midlands Smooth Radio. Prior to the switch on ceremony musical entertainment will be provided by Mark Handley.
FIREWORK DISPLAY – 5.15pm
On Sunday the event Finale will be the traditional breath-taking Aerial Christmas Firework Display.
Councillor Steve Flitter for Matlock Town Council said “The Town Council are pleased to be associated with the business community in providing an event which has become so popular in Matlock and I am delighted that its reputation is not just high with residents but with people from all over the East Midlands and beyond.”
Geoff Stevens MBE chair of the Joint Organising said “It is important for people to be aware of the hard work that is undertaken by the Town Council and the many individuals who give their time and expertise to make sure that the event improves year on year. He added, more volunteers are required not only to plan the event but to provide practical assistance during the event. What is sometimes overlooked is the many thousands of pounds that have been raised from the event for local charities over the years”
This unique Christmas event is organised jointly by Matlock Town Council, Matlock Business Group, and Matlock Community Organisations with the assistance of Derbyshire Dales District Council.