Excited youngsters joined in the festive spirit when they helped switch on Hemsworth’s Christmas lights.
Children from the town’s Jolly Tots parent and toddler group helped town council chairman Tony Upson press the switch at the event on Thursday evening.
Theresa Barber, who runs Jolly Tots said: “The children had been excited for weeks about helping switch on the lights, ever since we were told they could do it.”
Festive fun started in the morning with choirs from Churches Together in Hemsworth, Kinsley J&I School and Hemsworth schools St Helen’s CE, Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy, Grove Lea Primary, Sacred Heart Catholic School and West End Academy performing Christmas carols.
The main event - including a Christmas market and Santa’s grotto - got underway at Cross Hills precinct at 4pm.
Claire Howard, 29, of Hawthorne Avenue, Hemsworth, said: “My three-year-old Thomas couldn’t wait to see Santa. When asked what he wanted for Christmas, he pointed to the biggest bag in Santa’s grotto and said he wanted that.”
Gillian Godfrey, 54, of Woodland Crescent, Hemsworth, said: “I brought along my two grandchildren, Lexi who’s two and Ewan who’s 11. They’re obsessed with Christmas, they make sure the decorations go up at home earlier each year.”
The lights were switched on at 6pm and South Kirkby Singers performed at the Town Council Community Centre in the evening..
Coun Upson said: “I’d like to thank everyone who made this event possible.”