FAMILIES young and old started the festive season with a loud cheer.
More than 1,000 people went to the Waterlooville precinct Christmas lights switch-on at the weekend.
Children had their picture taken with actors dressed as characters from the Disney film Frozen.
Kay Aston, 44 and her husband Vince Aston, 46, were with their children Finlay, 10, and Gracie, 13.
She said: ‘This was the first time here and we thought we’d get festive early and start the Christmas period off.
‘I do like a choir so we thought we’d come and have a look.’
Gracie added: ‘It was quite nice and festive and everyone comes together – it’s quite communal.’
Her brother Finlay said he enjoyed the lights being switched on.
‘It looks really cool, it starts Christmas,’ he said.
A procession of children dressed as reindeer and a horse and cart delighted the crowds ahead of the light switch-on.
Shoppers were spoilt for choice with the Christmas market at the event organised by Waterlooville Community Forum.
Mayor of Havant Marjorie Smallcorn said: ‘It was lovely. You can’t imagine what it feels like to come around the corner in the horse and carriage and see all the children all excited.’