LARGE numbers turned up despite Arctic temperatures for Christmas light switch-ons across Huntingdonshire at the weekend.

In Huntingdon new LED decorations lit up the High Street and Chequers Court wowing visitors who had come for an afternoon’s festive fun and shopping on Sunday.

Entertainment was provided by local talent on the stage in Market Square. Among the highlights were a fairy stilt walker, a strolling jazz band and a community choir.

Shops opened for the day and there were also a range of stalls offering information on local good causes in Market Square and a Christmas gift and craft fair at the Commemoration Hall courtesy of PATCH (Performing Arts at the Commemoration Hall).

In addition Santa was dishing out gifts at his grotto in the Town Hall. His popularity meant some children had to be turned away, but Santa will be at the hall again on Saturday December 11 from 11am to 3pm for those who were disappointed on Sunday.

In St Ives on the same day there were more fun and games where the Christmas lights committee also showcased a set of eight new lights in Market Hill.

A bumper programme of events this year included entertainment from 1pm provided on the stage in the town centre.

A stunning firework display rounded off Ramsey’s 2010 Christmas lights switch on.

The Light Railway was in full swing from 9am on Saturday to take people for rides along the Great Whyte as stalls from the Farmers’ Market contributed to the yuletide feeling.

Scores of people turned out from 6.30pm for the big countdown for which MP Shailesh Vara did the honours.

While Tyler Rose Jeffs was princess for the evening at St Neots Christmas lights switch on.

The seven-year-old won the chance to flick the all-important switch at Friday’s event after she triumphed in the town’s Christmas poster competition.

FOR full coverage and more pictures see this week’s Hunts Post, out on Wednesday.