Hundreds of people came together to eat mince pies and drink mulled wine at a series of festive concerts, festivals and Christmas fayres around the district this month.
The team from St Michael’s Church, Pleasley, organised a four-day Christmas Tree festival which included concerts by the Pleasley Colliery Welfare Band and the Take Note choir.
The annual festival, which included a display of 47 trees decorated by people from the area, was also attended by schoolchildren from Anthony Bek primary.
Each class decorated its own mini-Christmas tree for use in the display.
Val Gamble, who helped to organise the festival, said the church looked ‘wonderful’.
She said: “It was lovely to see everybody in the Christmas spirit.
“It was such a nice and festive atmosphere and the trees look great.
“We will be keeping most of them up in the services at the church.”
The church also organised a Christmas fayre at the New Houghton Community Centre with food and gift stalls, which was well attended by people of all ages.