Published: 10:07, 05 December 2017
Thanet's feeling festive following a weekend full Christmas lights switch-ons.
With a little help from Disney favourites Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Broadstairs got the Christmas fun going on Saturday afternoon.
Town mayor Cllr Peter Shaw joined in the festivities and was on hand for the switch-on, which saw Pierremont Park fill with twinkling lights.
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There were plenty of festive themed stalls, a Santa’s grotto, and live music, including songs from The Warblers choir, during the afternoon, all of which was enjoyed by the crowds.
Cllr Peter Shaw said: “It was a great thrill for me and my wife Frances to be part of the Broadstairs Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday.
“Seeing so many happy faces in and around Pierremont made all the hard work put in by the town council very worthwhile.
“The town looks wonderfully festive and I hope all our residents and visitors have a very merry Christmas.”
Boat owners in the Royal Harbour in Ramsgate have got into the Christmas spirit, having decorated their vessels with lights.
The fantastic display lit up the waters on Friday, December 1 and will continue to light up throughout the whole of the month.
To celebrate the switch-on, crowds enjoyed music from Hotsy Totsy on Friday evening from 6pm.
Stan Jacob, of the Royal Temple Yacht Club, said: "This is the fourth year the boat owners have decorated their boats to celebrate the Christmas festival.
"They normally start lighting up from the beginning of December, and if you visit the Royal Harbour you will see a stunning display.
"Not all have lit up yet, but we hope to have a record number taking part this year.
"The Royal Temple Yacht Club will be hosting an event on the December 15 to thank those boats owners who have contributed so much of their own time, effort and money to this event."
Margate is feeling festive after both the Old Town and Turner Contemporary hit the switch on their Christmas lights.
Margate mayor, Cllr Rosamund Dixon, took centre stage to turn on the Christmas tree lights on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile at the Turner Contemporary, Santa made an appearance on stage – despite his very busy schedule this time of the year.
Thanet Big Sing Community Choir entertained crowds at the gallery before the switch-on, which followed a Christmas market during the day.
Visitors enjoyed carols, mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies.
A spokesman said: “Turner Contemporary’s Christmas lights switch-on was a great success with art-lovers, shoppers and families enjoying our Christmas makers’ market and special artist-led family workshop.
“The lights on our Christmas tree were illuminated at 6pm to the joy of a large crowd, with the atmosphere being made more magical by our resident choir, The Big Sing, and their repertoire of carols.
“Thank you to all who came and made it a wonderful start to the festive season.
“The Big Sing are returning to the gallery on Saturday, December 16, to perform a longer repertoire of carols.”
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