HOLMES Chapel Christmas Market has been described as ‘incredible’.

Hundreds of shoppers turned out for the community event.

It was the largest event Holmes Chapel Partnership has ever staged.

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Festive stalls offered a wide variety of gift ideas.

Visitors packed into village shops, pubs and eateries.

Live performances kept everyone entertained and a fairground provide plenty of fun and laughter.

Dee Cummins, event and volunteer manager for Holmes Chapel Partnership, said: “Sunday’s event was incredible.

Knutsford Guardian: Hundreds of shoppers visited the festive stallsHundreds of shoppers visited the festive stalls (Image: Holmes Chapel Partnership)

“We are delighted that so many people came out to support local businesses and celebrate Christmas in Holmes Chapel.

“This was the largest event we have ever organised and included a few tweaks for 2022 to appeal across the age ranges.

“This paid off with a noticeable rise in children and teenagers attending who particularly enjoyed the earlier start to the evening, live performances and fairground rides.

“Holmes Chapel is a wonderfully supportive community and we hope Sunday’s event gave all of the businesses who participated a strong start to December.”

The Square was closed to traffic for the event.

Stalls clustered around St Luke’s Church which opened its doors to around 600 visitors who admired its historic interior and special festive activities.

Knutsford Guardian: Schoolchildren performed a selection of Christmas music as part of the live festive entertainmentSchoolchildren performed a selection of Christmas music as part of the live festive entertainment (Image: Holmes Chapel Partnership)

Local radio station Dane Sound hosted an array of stage performances from village schools, bands and dance groups.

The village Fire Station mounted an emergency vehicle display and live demonstration of a car being cut in half.

Stall holders were all selected from the local community.

Mum-of-two Sharon Smith, who runs her own business, said: ”Thank you for creating a wonderful event.

“It was so well organised and the support from everyone for my little business, Little Poppet's Workshop, was wonderful.”

Rich Jepson, from The Bottle Bank, said: “Thank you all for another brilliant event.

“It was great to see so many people out yesterday. You’re all awesome.”

The not-for-profit event would not have been possible without generous sponsorships from Holmes Chapel Parish Council, Massey Feeds, Neon Freight, Anwyl Homes, Thorneycroft Solicitors, Laura Wilson School of Dance, Cheshire Pet and Sibelco. Holmes Chapel Partnership continues to bring festive cheer to the local area throughout December with sleigh runs to raise funds for local charities.

This year the sleigh has undergone a full rebuild.

For details of Santa’s sleigh run visit hcpartnership.org.uk