Hartlepool Christmas lights switch-on 2018: 18 pictures of festive family fun

Christmas has officially arrived in Hartlepool - with families across town turning out for the annual lights switch-on.

Saturday, 1st December 2018, 10:36 am
Updated Saturday, 1st December 2018, 10:40 am
A fun-filled night at the Hartlepool Christmas lights switch-on.

The festive season got underway on Friday as boxing champion Savannah Marshall, X Factor star Molly Scott, Children of Courage Dottie O’Keefe and Neisha Webb and Keep Britain Tidy litter hero Jessica Stones joined Hartlepool’s Mayor, Councillor Allan Barclay, in pressing the button to signal the start of Christmas. See if you are pictured in any of our pictures from the big night.

Hay Amelia Stanczak at the Hartlepool Christmas light switch-on.
Lilly McPartlin enjoying the Hartlepool Christmas light switch-on.
Crowds at the Hartlepool Christmas light switch-on.

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Mayor of Hartlepool Cllr Alan Barclay with (left to right) Dottie O'Keefe with her Mum Helen Moon, Molly Scott, Savannah Marshall, Neisha Webb and Jessica Stones.
Crowds enjoying the entertainment at the Hartlepool Christmas light switch-on.
People walking under the newly-switched on lights.
Hartlepool gets ready for Christmas.
X Factor finalist Molly Scott at the Hartlepool Christmas light switch-on.
Molly takes to the stage.
Robyn Weston (3) watching the Hartlepool Christmas lights.
Molly entertains the crowds in Hartlepool.
16-year-old Molly took to the stage after the switch on to perform for the crowds.
The Hartlepool Christmas lights.
Enjoying the town's big night.
Lacey Smailes (4) with Michelle Roberts playing Cinderella at the Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre.
Performers from Miss Toni's Academy choir at the Hartlepool Christmas light switch-on.
Performers from Miss Toni's Academy choir at the Hartlepool Christmas light switch-on.
The youngsters were one of many acts to perform on the night.