Aylsham Christmas lights are turned on

The festive fun in Aylsham.Picture: David Bale

The festive fun in Aylsham.Picture: David Bale - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people braved the cold weather to attend the Aylsham Christmas lights switch-on in the Market Place.

Entertainment included live music and a performance by youngsters from the Sutton School of Dance.

Other attractions included food stalls and a barbecue, fairground rides, a Santa's Grotto in Red Lion Street and a display of 30 Christmas trees decorated by local charities and good causes in St Michael's Church.

Town council events officer Paul Smith said the lights switch-on brought the town together.

'Everyone turns out,' he added. 'There's a fantastic community spirit and I think everyone just has a brilliant time.'

There was also the launch of a Christmas tree festival at Aylsham Parish Church, which runs until December 30 and will feature trees decorated by 35 local, national and international charities. The church is hosting a Christmas market on Monday.