Stevenage Christmas Lights switch-on 2019: Hundreds turn out for all-day festive event

Isabella North won the 'Dear Santa' competition, which include a £50 toy bundle from The Entertainer

Isabella North won the 'Dear Santa' competition, which include a £50 toy bundle from The Entertainer. Picture: Natalie North - Credit: Archant

Festive favourites attracted hundreds of people to the Stevenage town centre Christmas lights switch-on.

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Jigsaw entertain the crowds.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Jigsaw entertain the crowds. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Saturday's event saw entertainment for the whole family from 12 noon, including the return of the selfie snow globe, Christmas markets, free face-painting and a fireworks display and big switch-on to round-off the day.

Crowds were entertained with live performances by 2013 Britain's Got Talent finalist Gabz, V.E.R.A and The Miss Jones Jazz Band.

There was also a number of exciting dance routines.

Other attractions include mascots, sand art, stalls and Santa's Grotto photobooth.

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Stevenage's singer-songwriter Gabz - who rose to fame following her stint on the ITV talent show with acclaimed single 'Lighters' - was on stage when competition winner Isabella North switched on the Christmas lights.

Isabella, 5, won the council's 'Dear Santa' competition, and asked for a trumpet, two Paw Patrol dogs and some Playdoh. She also received a £50 toy bundle from The Entertainer.

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The big switch-on was accompanied by a fireworks display.

Isabella North, 5, took to the stage with Stevenage Mayor Simon Speller and Britain's Got Talent's G

Isabella North, 5, took to the stage with Stevenage Mayor Simon Speller and Britain's Got Talent's Gabz to turn the Christmas lights on. Picture: Natalie North - Credit: Archant

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Jigsaw entertain the crowds.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Jigsaw entertain the crowds. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Lillie Geary, 11, enjoys having her face painted.
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Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Lillie Geary, 11, enjoys having her face painted. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On.
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Father Christmas entertains the crowds.
Picture: Karyn Hadd

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Father Christmas entertains the crowds. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On .
Picture: Karyn Haddon

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On . Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Father Christmas entertains the crowds.
Picture: Karyn Had

Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch On - Father Christmas entertains the crowds. Picture: Karyn Haddon - Credit: Archant

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