The event began in the warmth of the Primary School.
Santa and his little helper plus the Mayor of Belper, Cllr Dan Booth and Town Crier Terry Porter all posed with the schoolchildren who then regaled us with three festive songs, warmly applauded by proud parents and friends.
Then it was out into the night for the short walk down to the triangle.
It was as if Santa had switched on the rain because moments later the heavens opened and those who hadn’t already gone inside the Social Club and stayed awhile to admire the tree and savour the moment got drenched in a sudden shower.
The Social Club was packed.
As the drink flowed and the free mince pies were devoured, Santa reappeared.
The hairy Santa talked to excited children and handed them presents while the grown-ups dried off and enjoyed a drink in a packed, atmospheric lounge.