Fordingbridge lights switch on was a real festive family event. The high street was closed to traffic and chestnut, soup and mulled wine stalls positioned along the roadside offered warming treats. While the brass band played, hundreds of families sang carols around the Christmas tree at the top of the town. The children waited with great anticipation for Santa. When he arrived, he did so in a huge sleigh drawn by none other than good old Thomas the Tank Engine. Santa helped turn on the lights before going to his grotto amidst a flurry of snowflakes. Late night shopping then began and with more mulled wine available in various shops, it was a very merry start to Christmas!