City centre roads were shut for crowds to enjoy festive fair and Christmas lights switch on.

The Christmas Cracker event in St Albans centre on November 17 kicked off the festive season.

The roads were closed for the street party, which included market stalls, funfair rides, a giant snow globe and a Santa’s grotto.

There was also live music and at 5pm there was a countdown to the light switch on.

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Live music at the event. Credit: Stephanie Belton.

The event was organised by St Albans District Council in partnership with city centre businesses.

Mayor of St Albans Cllr Janet Smith said: “I was taken aback by the size of the crowds – they were huge.

“This was probably the best attended city centre events that I have been to.

“The atmosphere was electric throughout the day and there was so much for people and children to do.

“My thanks go to our events team and their helpers for all their hard work.

“It has got Christmas in St Albans off to a fantastic start and I know there are many other great events that people can look forward to, ranging from school fairs to the Alban Arena pantomime.”

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Christmas Cracker event. Credit: Stephanie Belton.

Upcoming Christmas events include Rockaholly on December 6, where there will be a swing band and vintage stalls by the Alban Arena.

The Christmas Charter Market will launch on December 15 and the market will run every day until Christmas Eve.

A market street party will also be hold on December 22.

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The giant snow globe at the event on Sunday (November 17). Credit: Stephanie Belton.

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