SCHOOLS, community groups and villagers across the Uttoxeter area have been getting in the festive spirit.
In the run-up to the big day there has been plenty of chances for people to enjoy a nativity play, sing at carol concerts, decorate Christmas trees or get a visit from Santa Claus.
In Checkley, the Friends of Checkley Church held the Checkley Village Christmas Night which saw Santa take residence in his grotto.
There was also plenty of carol singing across the village and a barrel organ providing Christmas music in the church with money being raised for the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.
School’s across the area have been holding both traditional and non-traditional nativity performances including at All Saints First School in Denstone and at Marston Montgomery Primary School.
Christmas tree festival’s have also become incresingly popular during the festive period with St Mary’s Parish Church in Uttoxeter decorated in spectacular fashion, as was St Michael’s Church in Rocester.
Uttoxeter Rotary Club has been out and about in the town raising money with its annual Santa sleigh procession.
The sleigh has visited areas across the town with santa handing out presents while rotary members wielding buckets asked townsfolk to dig deep for good causes.
Carol concerts have also been held across the area with the likes of Windsor Park Middle School and Uttoxeter’s Girl Guides all singing their hearts out to celebrate the yuletide season.