PHOTOS: Market Harborough all lit up for Christmas

All lit up on the Square.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
All lit up on the Square.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Christmas officially started in Market Harborough on Friday evening as the town’s festive lights were switched on.

Crowds gathered in The Square for the big switch-on event which followed the Christmas lantern parade from Welland Park into the town centre.

Aurora Whiting 6 and Charlotte Humphries 5 with Santa in the Harborough Building Society grotto.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Aurora Whiting 6 and Charlotte Humphries 5 with Santa in the Harborough Building Society grotto.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The event featured carol singing and live music from local musicians, including pupils at Ridgeway Primary School and Robert Smyth Academy.

Santa also put in an appearance and there was a craft fair, food and drink and entertainment from HFM.

See this Thursday’s Mail for more.

Bo the Rainbow Bear meets children during the christmas tree light switch on.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Bo the Rainbow Bear meets children during the christmas tree light switch on.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Meadowdale Primary school on stage singing christmas carols.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Meadowdale Primary school on stage singing christmas carols.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Rev Nick Cooke on stage with Ridgeway Primary school choir.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Rev Nick Cooke on stage with Ridgeway Primary school choir.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Ridgeway Primary school children sing christmas carols on stage.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Ridgeway Primary school children sing christmas carols on stage.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The lantern parade makes it's way through Welland Park.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The lantern parade makes it's way through Welland Park.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The lantern parade heads towards the town centre.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The lantern parade heads towards the town centre.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Fun...Chris Kingston with daughter Daisy 3.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Fun...Chris Kingston with daughter Daisy 3.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Switch on...Nick Shaw of Harborough FM, Erin Fowkes 6, Alannah Fowkes and Mark Robinson of Harborough Building Society switch on the christmas tree lights in the town.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Switch on...Nick Shaw of Harborough FM, Erin Fowkes 6, Alannah Fowkes and Mark Robinson of Harborough Building Society switch on the christmas tree lights in the town.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The lantern parade makes it's way through Welland Park.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

The lantern parade makes it's way through Welland Park.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER