CHARD swung into the Christmas spirit with a sparkling festive lights switch on at the weekend.

A Christmas market planned for the street was moved inside to the Guildhall due to high winds.

Visitors snapped up some gifts from the 30 stalls.

Fortunately the weather died down and the switch on was held as planned.

There were plenty of fun activities, including a children’s ride, Santa’s grotto, hot mulled cider and food.

The Majorettes performed in the town centre followed by the Mayor, Cllr Jason Baker, the mini town crier, Chard Carnival royalty and Santa on his sleigh.

The lights were switched on by the carnival royalty at 7pm.

Cllr Baker, who is also a member of the town team, said: "It was great to see the town busy all day with people in the shops and Christmas market.

"The town was full of families all waiting to see Santa arrive on his sleigh and the amazing Christmas lights display being turned on.

"I am pleased to say that it was another great event in our town centre.

"It is lovely to see these events taking place and shows what a great town we live in with a great community spirit."

Chard town team worked over recent months getting the ambitious display ready.

The display includes lights across the main streets in the town centre, which have added an extra sparkle this year.

Cllr Baker added: "We hope that everyone enjoys the lights and has a safe and festive Christmas and new year."