On Sunday, we decided to pop into Sheffield to do a spot of present buying with atmosphere - as it was the day that the Christmas lights were getting switched on, and they always do it wit a bit of razzmatazz!
We got off the tram outside of the Cathedral, and had a little wander around as it was such a gorgeous morning.
The atmosphere was lovely - very noisy with fun fairs and children barely containing their excitement. I find times like this weird now my kids are no longer small, I miss it.
The city has had to work hard at getting folk back in to its centre since it built an out of town shopping mall, and then decimated the shops in the centre, but when it puts on events like this, people pour in.
We couldn't stay for the switch on, but we ventured back later in the week. I always have to wander around the festive windows in good old Cole Brothers (John Lewis to the rest of the world).
The tree is spectacular in height, but I'm not keen on the lights.
And we have cleverly recycled some of Blackpool illuminations!
There is a fabulous Pirate Tableaux in the Peace Gardens.
And good old Santa himself.
I don't allow myself to get too giddy until 1st December, but it's certainly on its way!