HUNDREDS flocked to Settle on Saturday for the annual Christmas lights switch-on event organised by Settle Town Council and sponsored by Arla.

The whole day was a great success and a lovely community occasion. The Christmas market had a variety of stalls including gifts, produce, a photo studio, Christmas plants, wreaths and mouth watering food to try.

Many local organisations also joined in the celebrations and had stalls including the Cave Rescue Organisation, Flowerpot Festival, Guides, Scouts, Parish Church and the SSAFA Army charity. Wonderful performances from Bethal Chapel, Courthouse Theatre, Giggleswick Primary, Settle College, Settle Primary, Giggleswick & Settle Brass Band and local band “Ronnie & the Rockits” took place on the large trailer kindly borrowed from Nick Booth Haulage, and ensured the crowds got into the Christmas spirit.

The bouncy castle snow globe proved to be very popular. Santa’s grotto, striker game, splat the rat, badge making, and a treasure hunt all kept the children entertained. Pride of place in the middle of the marketplace stands the beautiful large tree which was sourced locally from the Anley Estate and together with Treetops Forestry’s generosity ensured that Settle had a magnificent tree. The event ended with the Christmas lights being switched on by some very excited children and included an amazing fireworks display produced by Electrify and  sponsored by Tarmac.

Settle Town Council would like to thank everyone who supported the event, all of the sponsors and to all of the volunteers who helped to ensure that the switch on event was a success, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2024.