Watch the big Christmas lights switch-on in Leicester

Excited crowds gathered in Humberstone Gate in Leicester last night for the big Christmas lights switch-on.

Thousands of people came to see the decorations, including thousands of twinkling pea-lights on the Clock Tower Christmas tree, light up.

There was a great, festive atmosphere, as people enjoyed the live music, street food and entertainment.

While Humberstone Gate was the focus for the lights switch-on, there was also a brass band in Town Hall Square, where visitors could see a traditional nativity scene and an animated display of Woodland Tales.

And for those who love a good festive film, there was a special treat this year as Leicester’s new market square hosted a free outdoor screening of the Christmas classic, Elf.

A packed programme of attractions have been planned this year, including a spectacular ice rink in Jubilee Square, the big wheel and the chance to meet Santa in his grotto free of charge.

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