HUNDREDS of people in west Cornwall joined celebrations as several towns and villages switched on their Christmas lights.
On Friday evening crowds gathered outside Leedstown village hall to watch as ten-year-old Leedstown School pupil Abbie Hatherley did the honours before Father Christmas led the parade through the village.
Joan Christophers, secretary of Leedstown Christmas Lights Committee, said they were extremely happy with this year's turnout. "It is quite a popular occasion," she said.
"We are very pleased with the lights, they are looking very good.
"As a village [we all] love to see the lights. We had a nice evening and everything went to plan."
Father Christmas was kept busy handing out up to 100 presents to local children.
Marazion Mayor Derek Laity switched on this year's lights in front of up to 150 people and believed the event marked the start of the Christmas period.
"Marazion is looking pretty magical, but it doesn't happen by magic. It's down to the hard work of the Decorative Lights Committee and the Greenwood-Penny Christmas Tree Committee that it gets done. We appreciate the work that goes in throughout the year for the events at Christmas," he said.
Deacon Geoff Tamblin delivered a Christmas message, while Breage Band helped add a traditional feel to the evening.
Monday evening saw both Gulval and Goldsithney light up.
Shann Rogers, Goldsithney postmistress, switched on the village lights, while Breage and District Silver Band provided the music.
Carol singers were out in Gulval to help bring festive cheer to village celebrations as their Christmas lights were turned on.
Angarrack never fails to attract crowds to see its Christmas lights.
The village was packed for the switch-on, which included the impressive 12 days of Christmas display.