Brighton welcomed the festive spirit with music as the city’s Christmas lights were switched on.
Choirs and a marching band performed around The Lanes and North Laine to mark the moment the illuminations were ignited.
Some of the Christmas decorations lining the streets this year include street art-inspired lights designed by local artists, including a festive-looking alien, a robot with a stereo and a seagull wearing a Santa hat, among those featuring North Street and the Western line the road.
Lights celebrating North Laine’s uniqueness were switched on in Bond Street, Kensington Gardens and Gardner Street, while more traditional illuminations dazzled shoppers in The Lanes, East Street and Preston Street.
The lights were organized by Brilliant Brighton, a conglomeration of 517 companies in the city’s Business Improvement District, at a cost of around £100,000.
A spokeswoman for Brilliant Brighton said: “We’re feeling really festive and it’s great to get people out on the streets and feeling Christmassy.
“The Christmas lights are a gift from our more than 500 downtown businesses to residents and visitors to enjoy and to mark the start of the festivities.”
Brighton and Hove Buses’ Santa Bus also made an appearance at the citywide event, with Santa himself greeting shoppers along Western Road, North Street and Preston Street.
Santa’s elves were also seen visiting downtown shops to spread cheer and hand out treats to passers-by.
Despite the festive cheer, however, organizers expressed disappointment that not all of the Christmas lights on Brighton’s clock tower could be lit, as a last-minute error delayed the switching on of part of a canopy of lights.
Gavin Stewart, CEO of Brighton Business Improvement District, said: “This is the pinnacle of our annual Christmas lights and it is a real shame that we are not able to launch the full program as hoped.
“Public safety is of course our number one goal and we look forward to resolving the issue quickly.”
The rest of the canopy is scheduled to be illuminated by the end of next week.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23136900.brighton-festive-spirit-christmas-lights-turned/?ref=rss Brighton in a festive mood as the Christmas lights went on