Time to celebrate!

It is official! Saturday, 23 November saw the Christmas lights switched on in Caterham Valley, marking the official start of the festive season. 

Market stalls lined Croydon Road and the rain didn't diminish the local community's Christmas spirit, with face painting, mince pies and Christmas goodies in abundance. The traditional lantern parade started at the Asprey Fountain with the children finally gathering at Church Walk. Carol singers from local schools also added to the festive ambience

Soper Hall was filled with unique Christmas gift stalls and an indoor craft market. Hot and cold drinks were available in the tea room, along with an assortment of speciality cakes made by Caterham Valley WI, accompanied by the sounds of local community station Ridge Radio. For hungrier visitors, there was also a hog roast outside.

Squeals of delight were heard from Santa's Grotto and, later, the man himself entered the valley, amidst flurries of snow, to switch on the lights. East Surrey Museum opened its doors all day, inviting passers-by in to see their displays of nostalgic toys, from 100 years ago.

Christmas in Caterham is almost here, which also means that it is not long until the return of the Caterham and District Independent! We are here to give you the chance to have your say and to help in any way we can. Get in touch via newsdesk@caterhamindependent.com.

Church Walk shopping centre at Christmas
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