A Festival of Trees
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.