THOUSANDS of people got into the festive spirit at Kidderminster's annual Christmas lights switch-on event on the weekend.

The popular event returned on Saturday (November 18) to kickstart the festive season in the town.

The event was organised by Kidderminster Town Council, in partnership with Kidderminster Town Hall and Kidderminster BID.

There was a range of entertainment at the event, from local dance and music acts throughout the day, to street food and face painting.

There were performances from the Jukebox Jems Duo and Gene Genie and The Lemon Squeezers.

There was a selection of local street food including Fat Eddies Smoke House, Calàbbria Pizza, Bigmouths, Old Toms Donuts, El Mehico, The Chester Tavern and The Peaky Grinder.

Kidderminster BID manager James Barker said thousands visited the town centre during the course of the event.

He said: “It was absolutely fantastic. It was amazing.

“It was really nice to see the full community come together to support the businesses and be there for the light switch-on”.

Following the event, visitors took to social media to share their praise.

Peter Westwood said: "This was an absolutely amazing event very well organised and the turnout was absolutely amazing.

"The best switch-on I can ever remember".

Xana Gronow said: "Brilliant event, so lovely to see Kidderminster buzzing".

Jo Knight added: "What a lovely day, can’t wait for next year."