In Pictures: Harrogate steps into Christmas with Big Switch-On

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

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More than 1,000 visitors watched on in delight as Harrogate Christmas lights were switched up to send the town into the festive spirit.

Crowds gathered at the Victoria Shopping Centre Plaza on Thursday, November 17, to enjoy entertainment from local bands before Father Christmas made the all important switch-on.

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

He was helped by the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Nigel Simms, and instantly, the lights began to sparkle and dazzle around the town.

A short carol service followed at St Peter’s Church and Coun John Fox, who helped organise the event, said he thought this year’s switch-on was the best ever.

He said: “The lights look absolutely fantastic. We’ve put another 50,000 light bulbs up this year. It’s also great as it gives local children to meet Father Christmas.

“We had more than 1,000 people at the switch-on and another 60,000 at the market. A lot of the coaches were delayed leaving because they wanted to see the lights being switched on.

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

“They’re very important to the town, not just to the local residents but also for the local economy as it encourages people to come and look round Harrogate.

“It makes working for 12 months of the year really worth it, knowing people value going round the markets and then having a look at the lights.”

Coun Fox said his team would meet again next week to discuss plans for next year’s Christmas Lights and he is proposing even more for the town centre.

He also revealed Westmoreland Street had been lit up for the first time and they are hoping to illuminate 24 trees around the town centre.

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On

Harrogate Christmas Lights Switch On