The festive season officially arrived on Saturday as Christmas in Coalville attracted crowds to the town.
This year an additional entertainment area at Memorial Square hosted a barrel organ and music from the Leicestershire Co-op Band, which filled the air with festive sounds, alongside street entertainers and music from Hermitage FM.
The hub of the event next to Coalville Market included walkabout entertainers, music, stalls, fairground rides and ending with a magical fireworks finale after the Christmas lights were officially switched on.
Musical entertainment on the main stage was provided by a Steps tribute band – The Steps Show – with local talents The Street, Strife of Riley and Unplugged warming up the crowd beforehand.
Inside Coalville Market, guest stalls joined with the regulars to provide a range of gifts and Christmas goodies, while the Coalville Heroes exhibited their Famous 50 interactive display for the final time.
Shoppers also enjoyed food, drink and a craft fair in the Belvoir Shopping Centre whilst being entertained by live music, Hermitage FM and street entertainers.
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “Thank you to everyone that supported and enjoyed Christmas in Coalville, it was a fantastic turn out once again and we hope you had a wonderful time.
“Huge thanks must go to the council’s Cultural Services team for organising the event, to Hermitage FM for the music, and all the performers on the day who were all fantastic and put on a real show.
“Christmas was also celebrated in Ashby on Saturday with the length Market Street closed for the first time. Ashby Town Council organised entertainment and a market which was followed on the Sunday by a hugely successful Santa run which saw more than 1,400 people take part.
“I encourage everyone to continue supporting Coalville, Ashby and all of the district’s towns and villages this Christmas by shopping locally for gifts and presents. Don’t forget there is free parking in council car parks on Saturdays right through until Christmas as well as after 3pm on weekdays.”