Hitchin welcomed festive season with Christmas lights switch-on

Couple enjoy a tipple. Picture: Gary Walker

Couple enjoy a tipple. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Hitchin came alive with festive spirit at the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights on Friday night.

Selfies with Santa. Picture: Gary Walker

Selfies with Santa. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

The evening kicked off in Bancroft with a Christmas parade which brought Santa to the Market Place.

Father Christmas was soon joined by many of the town’s businesses including Talents, the Queen Mother Theatre, the Pilates Pod, The Car Agents, and Ladder 87, which ran a Christmas lights competition to determine who would switch-on the lights.

Children enjoy the lights. Picture: Gary Walker

Children enjoy the lights. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

The lucky winner was Tilly Jeanes.

Hitchin BID manager Tom Hardy said: “The event personified the passion and support the local residents have for our historic market town.

Friends enjoy the lights. Picture: Gary Walker

Friends enjoy the lights. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

“The atmosphere was incredible and showcased the town for what is hoped to be a busy Christmas period of shopping locally and support for our businesses.

“A big thank you to Dance and Fancy Dress of Hitchin for supplying the costumes as well as Hitchin Round Table for supplying the sleigh.”

Friends enjoy the lights. Picture: Gary Walker

Friends enjoy the lights. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Children enjoy the snow. Picture: Gary Walker

Children enjoy the snow. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Father Christmas and VIPs switch on the lights. Picture: Gary Walker

Father Christmas and VIPs switch on the lights. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Children enjoy the snow. Picture: Gary Walker

Children enjoy the snow. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Father Christmas arriving. Picture: Gary Walker

Father Christmas arriving. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Crowds wait for the parade. Picture: Gary Walker

Crowds wait for the parade. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

The Sea Cadets. Picture: Gary Walker

The Sea Cadets. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Dennis The Fire Engine. Picture: Gary Walker

Dennis The Fire Engine. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Queen Mother Theatre in the parade. Picture: Gary Walker

Queen Mother Theatre in the parade. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Offley School Choir. Picture: Gary Walker

Offley School Choir. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Family buying balloons. Picture: Gary Walker

Family buying balloons. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

The Skeltons. Picture: Gary Walker

The Skeltons. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Young family enjoy the entertainment. Picture: Gary Walker

Young family enjoy the entertainment. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

Hitchin Rock Choir. Picture: Gary Walker

Hitchin Rock Choir. Picture: Gary Walker - Credit: Archant

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