CAROLS and festive fun were the order of the day as high streets across the area were transformed into winter wonderlands.
Hundreds turned out to watch Christmas light switch-ons in Portchester, Hayling Island and Lee-on-the-Solent.
Portchester’s illuminations were switched on by Pompey legend Alan Knight.
Pupils from Portchester Community School, Castle Primary, King Richard and Red Barn Community Primary were on hand to sing carols.
The night was staged by volunteers from Portchester Traders’ Association and Portchester Community Association.
Sarah Moss, manager of the community association, said: ‘It was our biggest event yet.
‘There must have been about 400 people there.’
She added: ‘Events like these are so important. It’s vital for the community to see they have a heart.’
Mengham, on Hayling Island, was packed with festive revellers soaking up the yuletide atmosphere.
Mengham Road was full of attractions, from slides, trampolines and Father Christmas, to fairground rides and shopping stands.
Traders stayed open extra late to give people a chance to buy the perfect Christmas present.
The lights were switched on by Havant mayor, councillor Leah Turner, who said: ‘It’s been a magical evening.’
Children from Mengham Juniors and The Hayling College’s Glee Club sang a selection of festive favourites.
Tina Heath, chairman of the Mengham Business Group organised the night.
She said: ‘Tonight exceeded all my expectations – it’s been absolutely amazing.’
The event was a perfect chance to showcase independent traders, Tina said.
‘Nights like this are absolutely crucial for businesses in Mengham,’ she added.
Reindeer and a petting zoo proved popular with children at Lee-on-the-Solent’s event, which saw hundred of people visiting to enjoy the fun.
Debbie Beattie of Churchers Bolitho Way solicitors said: ‘It’s been lovely seeing everyone out and about and having fun. The children loved it’