Hundreds of people enjoyed the most successful late night shopping event in Oakham to date last night (Monday).
The shops stayed open until 9pm with many offering a tasty glass of mulled wine or a mince pie to tempt customers in.
People took part in a Christmas trail with 28 independent shops in the town centre participating.
There was also a range of stalls for people to browse and pick up a Christmas gift or two and for those wanting to really get into the festive spirit, there was an ice rink in the Market Place.
The funfair was popular, as was a stage showcasing local bands and choirs.
And to add to the atmosphere, there were street entertainers and dancers.
Oakham Town Partnership organised the event. Chairman Alf Dewis, who is also mayor of Oakham, said it was a fantastic event.
He said: “I thought it was excellent. It was the largest event we have had for some time and it was very busy indeed. It’s difficult to estimate numbers but there was probably double the number of visitors as last year.
“It was great to see the return of the ice rink. We had it four or five years ago and Kate Yardley, who organised the event, thought it would be a great idea to bring it back.
“That was popular, as was the stage.
“I would hope the shops did well and benefited from the number of people in town. It was very pleasing to see how popular it was.”
Coun Dewis thanked everyone who attended or helped organise the event, in particular Kate Yardley.