Christmas came alive in Spalding town centre on Saturday as hundreds of people lined the streets for this year’s Big Switch On.
Dancers, musicians, a fun dog show and school choir competition were some of the highlights from a day of events to officially mark the start of the festive season in the town.
Crowds were entertained by Spalding Folk Club, teenage singing sensation Meg McPartlin (15), Diamondz Dance troupe of Holbeach and brass bands from Spalding and Kirton.
Parents and grandparents watched on with pride as pupils from nine primary schools in South Holland sang their hearts out in an exciting choir competition won by Moulton Chapel Primary School.
Their reward was a free bowling session at Alley Catz in Spalding and a school photograph on canvas provided by the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian.
A pair of Olympic torchbearers added a sporting flavour to the occasion before Flower Queen Amy Harrison was joined by youngsters Emily Day and Holly Smith in switching on the Christmas lights.
Organiser Jan Whitbourn said: “It was an absolutely amazing event and I’d like to thank everyone from the community for their support.”