VIDEO: Festivities begin countdown to Christmas in Higham Ferrers

Hundreds of people have got firmly into the festive spirit as the Higham Ferrers Christmas lights were turned on this afternoon (Saturday, November 23).

The switch-on followed the town’s Christmas sparkle, which included a whole day of fun activities including a fun fair and a continental market.

Christmas lights switch-on in Higham Ferrers

Christmas lights switch-on in Higham Ferrers

There was also entertainment from choirs as well as a children’s fancy dress competition and parade.

The winner of the fancy dress competition, seven-year-old Thomas Pendered, who pretended to be Father Christmas, helped Higham Ferrers mayor Alan Dunn turn on the Christmas lights at 5pm.

“It’s been a busy but very interesting day,” said Cllr Dunn, who estimated at least 3,000 people had enjoyed the day’s celebrations. “This is one of the highlights of Higham Ferrers’ year.”

He also paid tribute to the many volunteers who had helped the event run smoothly and to Waitrose for donating the prizes for the fancy dress competition.