Reporter Mark Ray, Crewe
The Crewe Christmas lights switch-on took place on Friday 25th November 2016 on the Market Square.
Jonty Sargeant from Signal 1 compered the event. Entertainment on stage included music from TheFunkyChoir.com and Paul Snook Band.
There were activities for children and families with the opportunity to have a photo with Santa sponsored by Kids Planet Crewe, along with face painting, stilt walkers, a juggler, Christmas characters, and a mini-funfair.
There were numerous stalls including South Cheshire College, CE Youth Support League, Swinton Insurance, Simply Gourmet Ltd, The Little Italian Van, Haslington Bakery, Candy Floss Van.
Following a countdown the lights were switched on by Mayor of Crewe Councillor Marilyn Houston, Mayoress of Crewe Pauline Kowalski, two students from South Cheshire College, and Aladdin and the Princess from Crewe Lyceum's pantomime.
The switch-on was followed by a firework display by Crewe-based company Blitz Fireworks.
The event was organised by Crewe Town Council in partnership with Signal 1 and was enjoyed by thousands of people.
The switch-on also marked the start of late-night shopping until 8pm every Thursday in Crewe during December (including 19th-23rd).