Bosses at Portland College hailed the event as their busiest yet.
Anna Ashton, college education marketing co-ordinator, said: “It was so successful, our busiest yet. The support from people, businesses and groups within our local communities has been wonderful.”
Fairytale princesses took to the stage.
Father Christmas was among the special guests.
Guests at Portland College's lights switch-on included, from left, Miss Mansfield Outstanding Teen Emily Plant, Mansfield Town FC striker Danny Rose and Miss Nottingham Amy Bielby.
A stall at the event.