VIDEO: Kirkby Christmas lights switch-on

Festive cheer filled the streets of Kirkby when residents turned out in force for this year’s Christmas Festival.

Last year the event was revamped and hailed a huge success, and it seemed that this year the celebrations were even bigger and better.

Kirkby Christmas lights switched on.'Primary School pupils sing carols.

Kirkby Christmas lights switched on.'Primary School pupils sing carols.

Activitites included a ‘snowball speed challenge’, on Kingsway, and activities at St Thomas’ Church and Church Hall. Meanwhile townsfolk dressed as Mary and Joseph were accompanied by a real donkey to bring a reminder of the origins of Christmas and Santa Claus stopped off to delight youngsters hoping to request some last-minute gifts.

There was plenty of other entertainment in the form of market and craft stalls and a colourful fun fair. Many shops also stayed open.

The event was organised by the Kirkby Christmas Planning Group, which is made up of local partnership organisations and businesses.