Lindley will be hosting its popular late-night shopping event next week.

The Lindley Christmas Evening will take place on Tuesday December 7 between 6pm and 8pm.

A full line-up of attractions and activities have been put assembled by organisers, Lindley Community Group and Love Lindley.

The event, which will take place on Lidget Street, in the heart of village, will see local shops staying open late, until 8pm, while there will also be entertainment and music to get visitors into the festive spirit, with Lindley Infants School, Moorlands Primary School and Salendine Nook High School choirs all performing.    

Lindley Clock Tower will also be transformed into Santa’s grotto, thanks to the creative team at The Wonderworks.

A marketplace of stalls will line Lidget Street, all run by independent producers and retailers and offering a variety of handmade goods, craft and food stalls. A range of festive food and drink will be on offer, including hot mulled cider, hot roasted chestnuts and mince pies.

Clr Cahal Burke, chair of Lindley Community Group, said: “We are hopeful of a bumper attendance. It’s fantastic that the event is going ahead this year, particularly since we’ve had to cancel the event in recent years.

Clr Cahal Burke addresses the crowd

“Lindley is home to many independent shops, including florists, boutique clothing, gift shops, hair and beauty salons, traditional toy and book shops, as well as a number of bistros, delis, pubs and takeaways. We have a great group of businesses, all keen to promote the area and it’s a great opportunity for them to showcase their own wares.

“The restrictions and lockdowns we have experienced in the last few years have been really tough for high street businesses, so we would really encourage people to shop local and to support them, if they can.” 

His Lindley ward colleague, Clr Anthony Smith, Secretary at Lindley Community Group, said: “It’s a great family event. There’s always an amazing buzz in the village when we’ve hosted the Lindley Christmas Evening in the past.

“Myself and Clr Burke have been working with everyone involved to help organise the Lindley Christmas Evening. I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in planning and supporting the event, including Love Lindley, the volunteers, sponsors and the local traders as well.”

Love Lindley, a group of local businesses and residents, worked in collaboration with Lindley Community Group to organise the Lindley Christmas Evening and, each year, choose a charity to support.

Lauren Brown, of the Luxe Lounge, a popular hair and beauty salon located on Lidget Street, and one of the Love Lindley businesses, believes that the event will showcase the wealth of independent retail in the village.

She said: “Lindley is bursting with fantastic independent businesses, who are striving to offer you the best high street experience around. All our wonderful business owners will be coming together to bring the spirit of Christmas back to Lindley!”

Lidget Street will be temporarily closed to vehicles on the day of the event, between 5.30pm and 8.30pm.