A Fes­ti­val of Trees

Derbyshire Life - - Front Page -

Mike Smith dis­cov­ers how three places in the Peak

District will be mak­ing this De­cem­ber spe­cial

Dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son many towns and vil­lages through­out the Peak District mount invit­ing dis­plays of Christ­mas lights. They in­clude Castle­ton, Great Huck­low and Chapel-en-le-frith, which fea­ture spec­tac­u­lar dis­plays of bright­ly­il­lu­mi­nated Christ­mas trees, cre­at­ing a fab­u­lous three-cen­tre ‘fes­ti­val of trees’ that seems par­tic­u­larly fit­ting for an area that once was at the heart of the Royal For­est of the Peak. Shop win­dows carry stun­ning dis­plays of Christ­mas gifts and the win­dows of pub­lic houses and cafés re­veal en­tic­ing glimpses of warm­ing fires and cosy snugs.

The mag­i­cal vil­lage-wide dis­play of il­lu­mi­nated trees is or­gan­ised by the Castle­ton Cham­ber of Trade, with the lead be­ing taken this year by Claire Roberts of the Ram­blers Rest guest house and cof­fee shop.

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