A FESTIVAL has got an entire town into the Christmas spirit.

Llangollen hosted its annual Christmas Festival on Saturday with a visit from Sion Corn himself - also known as Santa Claus - making a guest appearance.

The festivities kicked off with a parade which saw Sion Corn escorted into town over the historic bridge by a colourful cavalcade of entertainers and local groups.

Highlights of the festival included children’s fairground rides and games, circus acts, a magician, dancing and face painting.

There was also a chance for youngsters to visit Sion Corn in his glorious grotto and put in their early requests from what they wanted him to bring them on Christmas morning.

During the afternoon visitors enjoyed an eclectic mix of musical entertainment from local groups on two outdoor stages.

The fun-packed day was rounded off with the switching on of Llangollen’s Christmas lights and a firework extravaganza.

Llangollen Christmas Festival is organised by a group of dedicated community volunteers. It costs more than £4,000 to stage each year and is self-funding.