Thousands of people took to the streets of Uppingham to enjoy a ‘fantastically festive fun’ evening.
Crowds of spectators gathered for the late night shopping event on Thursday, which helped to showcase the independent shops throughout Uppingham.
Organised by the Uppingham Town Partnership, this year’s event had the biggest turnout yet, with everyone coming out to enjoy the Christmas shopping and festive entertainment.
Susie Burrows, director of Uppingham Town Partnership, said: “Uppingham is such a hidden gem and a delight of a town, it was lovely to see it showcased at its best on Thursday.”
Nearly all of the shops were open on the night, offering Christmas fun for all, with special discounts, entertainment, games and quizzes for the children, along with producing some ‘beautiful’ shop windows.
One of the most popular elements were the performers showcased in shop windows, including human puppets in Priddy’s and dancing ‘dolls’ in the Carpet Shop.
People were invited to vote for the best one by sticking on a sticker. Both Stitch Up and Aspidistra received lots of votes, but the overall winner was Wish.
Alongside the shopping, was the grand Christmas lights switch on, with this year’s lights being turned on by a carol singing Dalek and his Cyberman friend, much to the delight of the children.
There was also lots of entertainment around the town including in the Methodist Church with an on-going concert of festive singing and dancing and the Rutland Choral Society singing around the Christmas Tree next to the popular skating rink featured in the centre of the Market Place.
Susie said: “The atmosphere of the evening was wonderful, and it was lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves at our traditional event, give or take the Dalek.
“Uppingham Town Partnership were delighted to host the event and would like to thank everyone who came along to make it such fun.
“We have wonderful individual, independent shops which make it the perfect place to do some original and interesting Christmas shopping and hopefully, this will help more people become aware of the treasures we have here!”