THOUSANDS of people turned out to see the moment Fareham town centre was bathed in festive light.
The switch-on was at 4.30pm sharp yesterday – and it was followed by a magnificent firework display that lit up the sky.
It came as part of a day of entertainment for shoppers, who were treated to Samba music, carols and street dancing.
The honour of switching on the lights was had by George Bartlett.
The seven-year-old won Young Citizen of Year for helping to care for his mum Claire Goodson, who has health problems.
Mrs Goodson, 28, of Windmill Grove, said: ‘I am incredibly proud – I shed a tear!’
Thousands of people also turned out to see the lights being switched on at Gunwharf Quays.