Hundreds of people took to the streets of Hoole to see the Christmas lights switch on at the weekend.
Despite the bitterly cold weather Faulkner Street and Charles Street were packed with revellers of all ages eager to witness the festivities.
There was a fantastic music line up hosted by Chester DJs Gavin Matthews from Dee 106.3 and Mr Parsley from Flipside Radio who really got the crowd in the party mood, with local band Wolf taking to the stage to sing a medley of festive songs.
Many local businesses stayed open later to offer festive food and drink to keep out the winter chill. Add in the newly formed Lodge Choir, the City of Chester Training Band, Santa’s grotto, facepainting, Chester the Cat, and some beautiful fireworks to finish it was the perfect recipe for a fabulous community event.
The honour of pressing the button to light up the streets went to pupils from Hoole CE Primary School and to keep the party going later into the night DJ G Geddes from GHQ was on the decks at The Suburbs.
Watch the Lodge Choir sing Fairytale of New York
The event, organised by Community group Notting Hoole, (the team behind the Great British High Street Award bid), have spent the year fundraising for the event.
Co-chair and steward co-ordinator for the event Mark Williams said: “This year has been the most challenging yet with the event costing over £6,000 to stage, plus costing over £2000 for new lights. Thanks to donations from many local businesses, our fantastic local Councillors Angela Chidley and Alex Black and the money raised from our regular fundraising events we have achieved this amazing feat.
“Hoole is a very special place and all the residents are always hugely supportive of the Christmas lights switch on. Faulkner Street and Charles Street were absolutely packed this year with kids and adults of all ages, just having a great time. It’s why everyone loves Hoole.”