“It was the best Christmas Festival ever.”
That was the joyous verdict of Mayor Councillor Sandra Cambpell-Wardman after Horncastle went Christmas crackers last Sunday.
More than 3,500 visitors packed into the town for a fun-filled Christmas Market.
Stalls lined all the main streets in the centre of the town and there was entertainment for the entire family.
Coun Campbell-Wardman said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day - the best festival ever.
“I’ve never seen crowds like it. Horncastle was packed and everyone had a great day.
“People were coming up to me in the street and commenting how good it was. That says everything.”
After the Summer Festival was washed out earlier this year, organisers had hoped for better weather.
It proved to be a near perfect day.
Coun Wardman added: “It didn’t rain and it was actually warmer last Sunday than it was for the Summer Festival.
“I didn’t hear any complaints. The live performers were superb and everyone went home happy, especially the stall holders. A lot of them had sold out.
“It was also a great day for a lot of the local organisations who raise funds.”
Most of Horncastle’s shops opened especially and over 110 stalls lined Bridge Street, Market Place, High Street, North Street and Bull Ring - plus the Community Centre.
If that wasn’t enough, there was a wide range of live entertainment - both on stage and throughout the town.
Local entertainers Whiskey Before Breakfast, Bows and Bracers and Steve B performed on stage and there were dazzling displays from the Kakushiigei Taiko Drummers, Horncastle Ukulele Band and a wandering minstrel.
Children of all ages were catered for with a number of fairground rides and toy stalls.
There was something for everyone - as Ellie Armitage (79) and her granddaughter Alison (10) admitted.
Their verdict on the biggest day in Horncastle’s calendar? “Brilliant.”