SINGING along to carols, meeting Father Christmas and going on fairground rides were just some of the things families enjoyed at a town centre.
Hundreds of people gathered to see Fareham High Street’s Christmas lights being switched on. The event, held this evening, also had fireworks and fake snow.
Pantomime duo Lloyd Warbey and Todd Carty, who are performing in Dick Whittington at Ferneham Hall, helped turn on the lights with the mayor of Fareham Cllr Mike Ford.
Lloyd, who also presents children’s television show Art Attack, said: ‘This was a fabulous night out. It was great to see everyone turn out for it.’
Jess Adams, from Stubbington, went along with her friends.
The 28-year-old said: ‘It was really good and the fireworks were great.
‘I think it is good that they had so much going on. There were lots of rides and music – something for everyone to enjoy. It was wonderful. It really got me into the festive spirit.’
Couple Michael and Stacey Smith, from Fareham, also had a good time. Michael, 42, said it was nice to see so many people turn up.
‘Considering what the weather was like, I was surprised at how busy it was,’ he said.
‘There was a lot on which I think made it more than just lights being turned on.
It was lovely and everyone being here made for a cracking evening,Mayor of Fareham Cllr Mike Ford
‘It really showed what community spirit Fareham has.’
Activities were held throughout the weekend with art and craft sessions held on Saturday.
Music from Breeze and live performances also kept the Sunday afternoon crowds entertained.
Cllr Ford said it was fantastic to see so many people attend.
‘It was lovely and everyone being here made for a cracking evening,’ he said.
‘Turning the lights on was definitely a highlight for me. It is a real pleasure that so many people turned out.’