Large crowds filled the streets of a Wiltshire town for a festive celebration as this year’s Christmas lights were switched on.

The Calne Christmas Festival of Lights attracted residents from around the area on Saturday, November 24.

The popular event lasted throughout the day and saw an array of activities on offer before the town centre was packed by locals for the Christmas lights switch on and a fireworks display.

These events included a lantern parade which saw children and members of local community groups march from Bremhill View into the town centre, led by Santa and town mayor Cllr Robert MacNaughton.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The Calne Christmas Festival of LightsThe Calne Christmas Festival of Lights (Image: Calne Town Council / Icarus Aerial Imaging)

The Calne Lions were also represented, with their sleigh leading the way before the main event.

Stalls were also open in the town hall, the High Street, and Phelps Parade, while live entertainment kept attendees busy on the main stage on The Strand.

Calne Town Council, who organised the event, thanked all those who joined them on the day and the volunteers that made it possible.

This included the Calne Clean Up Crew who carried out litter picking, Calne Lions who helped Father Christmas, and the Bowood Estate, which donated the town Christmas tree, erected by Haines Construction.