Warminster High Street was closed to traffic on Saturday, November 25, as the town staged its annual Christmas celebration and lights switch-on event which attracted crowds of thousands.

The road was closed from 12pm, as The Warminster Independent Christmas Market, run by the Warminster Business Network, set up over 30 stalls with Christmas gifts.

More stalls could be found in the Three Horseshoes Walk and from 2pm entertainment began in the High Street with mini fairground rides creating a fun, festive atmosphere.

A live music stage was set up at the end of the marketplace and featured local folk, rock and blues group A Sackful of Sovereigns, The  Rock Choir and Vocal Works Gospel Choir.

Youngsters in the town were delighted to see Father Christmas appear on stage to officially switch on the town's festive lights, joined by Town Crier Rick Johnston and Warminster mayor Coun Phil Keeble.

"The Town takes a great deal of pride in its annual Christmas lights switch-on," said Coun Keeble.

"They bring a sparkle to the festivities and we hope the atmosphere will get visitors into the Christmas spirit as we approach the countdown to the big day.

"This is the biggest crowd here today that we have ever had, which is very encouraging to see," he added.