Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

A dazzling display of festivities transformed Wisbech for the annual Christmas lights switch on.

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Three hours of fun including fairground rides, stalls, free mince pies - and even donkey rides - were part of the event.

Wisbech was the first town to be lit up in Fenland on Sunday November 24.

Thousands braved the cold as they waited in the market place for the big countdown and switch on by mayor Michael Hill.

There was also a theatre display by Nine Lives Theatre Company.

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Father Christmas handed out sweets to children, while grown ups could tuck into a free mince pie donated by local supermarkets.

The event had been sponsored by local businesses who has donated in recent months to help make it extra special this year.

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There were also games, mulled wine, crepes and a meet and greet with Marvel superhero Deadpool who left children star-struck.

Stage entertainment organised and co-ordinated by Nine Lives Theatre Company

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Welcome screen and live footage Phoenix Reel

Sound and light PurpleBox

Performers in order of Appearance

Ben Norris KLFM

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Black Panthers Community Theatre

Throne Of Grace

Aaron Bolton

Angles Theatre - Cinderella pantomime

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Bedazzled

LJ Academy

Nine Lives Theatre Company - Christmas Cracker and The Elf that Saved Christmas

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER

Hundreds welcome festive season in Wisbech at annual lights switch on. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

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