15 sparkly photographs from the York Christmas lights switch-on 2015

Hat's the way to celebrate Christmas… one of the PQA choir singing festive songs on Davygate. Photographs: YorkMix
19 Nov 2015 @ 9.58 pm
| Entertainment, Food & drink, Shopping
Hat's the way to celebrate Christmas… one of the PQA choir singing festive songs on Davygate. Photographs: YorkMix
Hat’s the way to celebrate Christmas… one of the PQA choir singing festive songs on Davygate. Photographs: YorkMix

York’s biggest ever Christmas got underway on Thursday night as hundreds of people gathered to watch the festive lights go on.

The Lord Mayor Sonja Crisp, and Theatre Royal panto stars Martin Barrass and Suzy Cooper, led the countdown in St Helen’s Square before flicking the switch.

Elsewhere people flocked round the record number of food and gift St Nicholas Fair stalls in their all-new wooden chalets. Running the length of Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, they provided plenty of colour and flavour.

Brass bands and a choir from the PQA York academy entertained late-night shoppers with carols and festive songs.

And in a separate ceremony the lights were switched on in Coppergate.

Let the festivities (and the shopping) begin…

Martin Barrass and Suzy Cooper from the Theatre Royal panto at the switch on
Martin Barrass and Suzy Cooper from the Theatre Royal panto at the switch on
The tree lit up in St Helen's Square
The tree lit up in St Helen’s Square
Great decorations over Shambles Market
Great decorations over Shambles Market
New for 2015: Thor's Tipi
New for 2015: Thor’s Tipi
Carolling on Davygate with the PQA choir
Carolling on Davygate with the PQA choir
Solo singer
Solo singer
Twinkling Stonegate
Twinkling Stonegate
More refreshments at St Nick's Fair, St Sampson's Square
More refreshments at St Nick’s Fair, St Sampson’s Square
Long queues for the Shambles Kitchen German sausages at the St Nick's Fair
Long queues for the Shambles Kitchen German sausages at the St Nick’s Fair
It was the Coppergate switch on too
It was the Coppergate switch on too
The Coppergate tree
The Coppergate tree
Sparkle on Coppergate
Sparkle on Coppergate
Now that's what we call a bauble
Now that’s what we call a bauble
A string of lights leading down to the Coppergate Centre
A string of lights leading down to the Coppergate Centre