Slideshow: A dazzling night as lights are switched on

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Festive fever has hit Erewash following the switching on of the The Christmas lights in Ilkeston and Long Eaton.

Our photographers were there to capture the magical moments at the sparkling events which took place on Thursday November 27 and Friday November 28, including fun activities and entertainment for people to enjoy on the night.

Ilkeston Christmas Light Switch On. Pictured is Macy Polak 7, Georgina Price 7 and Ruby Khantrey 7.

Ilkeston Christmas Light Switch On. Pictured is Macy Polak 7, Georgina Price 7 and Ruby Khantrey 7.

In both towns the lights were switched on by town mayor, councillor Kewal Singh Athwal. Santa also made an appearance, much to the delight of children and entertainment at the Ilkeston event came from tribute act Take Hat That.

There were fair rides for those that attended the event in Long Eaton, and children from Dovedale Primary School gave a parade of lit arctic animals.

Now the countdown to Christmas can really begin.