THE sound of schoolchildren singing carols resounded throughout Guildhall Square as Portsmouth got into the festive spirit.
Around 1,200 excited youngsters from 38 schools sang Christmas favourites including Away in a Manger and We Three Kings of Orient Are on the Guildhall steps to crowds last night.
Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Frank Jonas switched on the lights of the Christmas tree in the square at the beginning and carol music was performed by the Portsmouth Citadel Band of The Salvation Army.
Father Christmas also waved to the visitors and children as they performed.
Tony and Debbie Foreman, of Arundel Street, Landport, turned out with their children Alfie, five, Henry, four, Sonny, two, and Olivia, one, to see their other children Harvey, six, and daughter Brooke, 10, perform.
Tony, 33, said: ‘It’s been really nice.
‘As a dad it’s a proud moment.
‘It’s helped to get us all in the Christmas spirit.’
Terence Westcott, 66, of Drayton, came along with his wife Carmel, 60.
Terence said: ‘This event has given us a warm and cosy feeling.’