Hundreds of people gathered in Cosham High Street to see the big switch-on of the Christmas lights.
Festive sing-a-longs such as ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’ had people of all ages dancing in the street as the crowds gathered around the main stage.
Hosted by Heart FM’s Rich and Zoe, they were joined by several guests, including Father Christmas, Christopher Marlowe as The Empress from the King’s Theatre production of Aladdin and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Steven Wylie.
There were memorable performances from Vocademy, Medina Primary School Choir, Southzone, and The News’ Instant Star Winner 2014 Lucy Simmonds, who sang her heart out with Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen.
Lisa Black, 37, from Paulsgrove, who came to watch, said: ‘This girl is brilliant.
‘The atmosphere is really good. There’s not as many people as last year, but everyone is happy.’
Marie Coldridge, 45, from Wymering, said: ‘It’s good for the grandchildren.
‘This gets everyone together and really puts me in the mood.
‘I enjoy the lights going on.’
Emily Smith, 16, who works in the CRY charity shop, said the lights were good for traders.
She said: ‘It definitely makes the place prettier. It’s more lively.’
Jon Joe, 23, from Waterlooville, brought along his partner Chelsea Peters, 24, and their daughter Destiny, three.
‘It’s the Christmas spirit,’ he said.
The celebration ended with a bang when the crowds enjoyed a firework display.