The season to be merry will be officially started with the switch on of Christmas lights in Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton.
The Christmas lights in Ripley will be switched on with a grand ceremony on Friday, November 29, in Ripley Market Place.
Ripley’s Mayor, councillor Alwyn Bridge and the Certificate of Merit winner will switch on the lights at at 6.30pm and there will be free children’s rides, a free safety candle for children and the chance to sing carols with the Salvation Army Band.
Amber Sound 107.2fm will provide a live outside broadcast, hot and cold food will be available and the new Christmas tree will be displayed in all its finery.
There will also be late night shopping.
Heanor’s Christmas switch-on is set for Heanor Market Place on Monday, December 2.
Proceedings get underway from 5pm with an array of stalls from local businesses and charities and there will be fair on the market place.
A community fair takes place in St Lawrence Church. Pinxton Puppets will entertain at 5.30pm and 6.45pm.
Santa’s Grotto will be open in the Ian Cox Room and there will late night shopping, as well as a barrel organ, in and around Heanor.
At 6pm the lights will be switched on by the Mayor and there will be a carol service by Heanor Musical Theatre Company, accompanied by the Ilkeston Brass Band.
At 7.30pm there will grand finale of fireworks by Spryotechnics. The event is organised by Heanor and Loscoe Town Council, with fairground facilities provided by Bert Holland.
The Christmas light displays around Alfreton will be switched on at an event held in the grounds of Alfreton House, organised by the town council, on Friday, November 22, from 5pm until 8pm.
The lights of the Christmas tree and grounds will be turned on by local players from Alfreton Football Club along with the Mayor of Alfreton, councillor John Walker at 5pm.
There will be entertainment and singing from local school choirs, the Sonara Singers and a variety of street entertainment. There will also be hot food and drinks along with charity and other stalls holding raffles, Tombola, face painting and selling cakes and goods.
There will be a free raffle held by the town council.