Crowds gather for Oldbury lights switch-on - with PICTURES
It's finally Christmas time! Lights have been switched on in Oldbury to mark the festive season.
Crowds of people and families flocked into the town centre to mark the Christmas lights switch-on for the town.
Councillor Susan Downing, who represents the town, said it had a "fantastic atmosphere" – and praised businesses and the council for making it happen.
She said: "It was well attended and the whole atmosphere was fantastic.
"We had some lovely stalls where people could buy Christmas gifts and the children seemed to enjoy it.
"We improved on the number of stalls we had last year and it went down really well.
"There was fire breathers, stilt walkers and a fair for the children.
"There was stalls where people could get something to eat and we had Santa's Grotto as well."
The event was put together by charity Krunch UK which works with youngsters across Sandwell.
Fire eaters, live music, a living nativity scene by Bethel Church, market stalls, and Santa's Grotto were all on show.
Councillor Downing said the lights looked "really lovely" along with the tree during the switch-on which took place on Friday.
She said: "There was a lovely nativity put on by one of our local churches and even real sheep as well.
"There was a great queue for Santa who came down and there was Christmas decorations and sweets.
"The lights looked lovely, really nice and the tree is a lovely size and the lights – we had no problems with them, they switched on first time which you can't always guarantee.
"The company are doing a lovely job."