Rain holds off for Nottingham's Christmas lights switch-on
Thousands of people crammed into Old Market Square to see the city's Christmas lights switch-on and were treated to a dazzling firework display.
The square and its surrounding area were bustling with onlookers as the fireworks fired from the top of the Council House.
Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead was at hand to flick the switch - transforming Old Market Square and Smithy Row into a 'Winter Wonderland.'
The sprinter won Paralympic gold in the 200m at London 2012 and wanted to use tonight as a chance to pay his respects to all those who encouraged him throughout his journey.
He said: "It is an honour to come back to Nottingham and give something back to those who have supported me, after all, this is where it all started.
"It's nice to engage with the public and to tell them that part of this gold medal is for every person in Nottingham.
"I've been very busy doing these kinds of things since the Paralympics and it's nice to get the recognition that my performance deserves.
"I'm a proud Nottingham boy and I'm glad to be here."
The festivities kicked off with performances from Scarlet Rhymes, boy band 'For the Weekend' and the Nottingham Music School Concert Orchestra.
Entertainment was provided throughout the night by Ebenezer Scrooge, the Christmas fairies, Sugar & Plum and couple of Tap Dancing Turkeys.
The square was also decorated with 150 Christmas trees as well as the 60ft centre piece that stands in front of the Council House.
Adults with festive fever can indulge on Christmas luxuries in a two-storey, roofed, Victorian bar that opens Thursday.
It offers festive food and drink, including mulled wine, cider, ale and homemade hot Gluhwein – and there will also be market stalls selling handmade gifts.
The surprise of the night was the fireworks which were set of from the top of the Council House.
Lorna Dermody, 33, of Central Ave South, Arnold, said: "The fireworks were a big surprise, I just wasn't expecting them.
"The Old Market Square, at Christmas, does give us something to come into town for other than the shops. There's a nice sense of community spirit.
"It's been a brilliant year and it was really fitting to have Richard Whitehead turn the lights on."
Tom Edwards, 25, of Gordon Avenue, West Bridgeford, said: "I like the Winter Wonderland I think it's nice, it puts me in a good mood and gets me into that Christmas spirit."
Devika Mohammed, 21, a student at University of Nottingham, said: "The switch-on was amazing, I came last year but this year topped it. The fireworks were really good and all the shops are really nice as well, it's so festive."
Hannah Tobiss, 21, also a student at University of Nottingham, said: "The night was really good, It was pretty cool to have Richard Whitehead here to turn on the lights because I saw him on the TV and he was really good.
"Everything is really cute and pretty, it's so nice."