HUNDREDS of people turned out to see Yeadon Town Hall lit up at its annual Christmas lights switch on.

The impressive turnout on Saturday was at the culmination of a busy day when around 2,000 people flocked to the indoor market in the town hall.

Yeadon Town Hall Director Jamie Hudson said: "The spectacular lights switch on event saw over 2,000 visitors flock to the Town Hall on Sunday for the indoor market, hosted by Yeadon Charities Association. After a full-on day of festivities, over 500 people gathered outside to watch the premier of the town's light show, with the countdown to the big moment conducted by Father Christmas himself. For those unable to see the show, the light display is happening every day at 5pm and 6pm until New Year's Day, so there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved in the festivities."

He added: "The lights switch on was a major success, and thanks must go to the New Yeadon Christmas Lights Committee, who have fundraised tirelessly to put on such a fantastic community display. We have absolutely loved to see so many members of the local community talking about the event, and I'd like to join them in extending my thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the day such a success. Next year, we hope to enlarge the event and make the 2022 lights switch on event even bigger and better. A whole weekend filled with festive cheer, including a two-day Christmas market and outdoor stalls - what's not to love?"

The town hall was open to the public from 1pm to enjoy the Yeadon Charities Christmas Fayre. Live entertainment was programmed on the outside stage from 2.30pm, featuring a talented local line-up including performances from Futurist Theatre Productions and Music Box - Inspiring Voices.

At 5.30pm, audiences gathered outside for the spectacular lights switch on, as the town hall and Yeadon’s high street were illuminated with a stunning display of Christmas lights.

There was also be a life-size nativity display outside the town hall to provide an extra touch of Christmas magic.

Despite the pandemic, the town did enjoy a Christmas lights display in 2020 - but organisers of this year's event vowed it would be bigger and better than ever before. They said thanks to the New Yeadon Christmas Lights Committee, who have tirelessly worked to fundraise for this year’s display, the town would enjoy an array of beautiful lights. A range of local organisations and societies have contributed to the funds, helping the New Yeadon Christmas Lights Committee to raise the money needed to bring festive cheer to the local community. From November 21 until New Year’s Day, Yeadon Town Hall will run a nightly light show at 5pm and 6pm every day.