IT'S the time of year when towns across the county are starting to get in the Christmas spirit and fill the streets with decorations.

Santa’s grottos, Christmas markets and carol singing will be coming to towns and some will have special guests to flick the switch on the lights.

In Chippenham, Gogglebox and I’m a Celeb star Scarlett Moffatt is doing the honours.

The event is being organised by Chippenham Connected in partnership with the town council.

Inspired by the release of Frozen 2 the day before, Chippenham’s Enchanted Christmas will see elements of Elsa and Anna’s adventures mixed with other winter fairytale themes and activities.

There will be an 'ice throne' selfie station in Borough Parade Shopping Centre and a baby-and-toddler zone run by The Rise Trust at The Yelde Hall from 1pm-5pm.

Manager at Chippenham Connected Kathryn Crosweller said: “Christmas in Chippenham really starts when the lights go on and we’re excited to be organising this event once again.

“It is a hugely popular feature of the annual calendar in the town, and a great opportunity for the community to come together and have some fun at the start of the festive season.”

In Devizes the annual lantern parade is expected to bring crowds of thousands.

Organised by Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts, a river of hundreds of beautiful creations winds its way through the town, collects Father Christmas en route and arrives back in the Market Place for the Devizes lights switch-on.

This year, organisers are introducing the theme 'other worlds' to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

A spokesman said: “The parade attracts huge crowds with approximately 3,500 people attending each year event. It's the culmination of lots of work done by busy young people and families who create fantastic lanterns to illuminate the streets.

“We are always happy to talk to new venues that would like to host a workshop, or you can attend one of our training sessions if you need to learn the basic skills.”

In Marlborough, the lights switch-on will see Santa’s grotto, live music, festive food and street entertainment.

Register to see Father Christmas between 3pm and 8pm using the online booking system, which allows up to four children per booking. Tickets are on snow from the town council website.

Calne will be holding its own festival of lights and is looking for local businesses to hold stalls at the Christmas market on November 30. Visit the town council website for application forms.