RUTHIN gathered for its annual Christmas market and lights switch on as the town lit up with festive spirit on Saturday.

A Christmas market gave St Peter’s Square a festive feel as crowds attended the various stalls and live entertainment.

All before the switch on at about 5pm, market stalls offered locally producing food and drink offering Christmas present ideas and cooking demonstrations, and kids’ food activity stalls provided children with a mini-taste of the excitement of Christmas ahead.

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Music artist Justin followed the Courtiers of Ruthin Castle and the Ruthin Panto Society and youth theatre.

Elsewhere, school choirs from Ysgol Borthyn and Rhos Street School showed their talent over the course of the afternoon.

Around 5pm, the Christmas tree was switched on by mayor of Ruthin Cllr Ian Lewney, followed by the Convoy of Lights in which assorted trucks and vehicles rendezvoused on Wynnstay Road.

The convoy was organised by Ruthin Forward and North Wales Truck Gathering and provided a touching close the day’s festivities.

All proceeds from the festival will be donated to St Kentigern Hospice.

But Ruthin has not stopped celebrating yet as the town council is asking shopkeepers and business owners to take part in its festive window display to be judged on December 20 – with a small cash prize for first, second and third place entries.

For more information contact the Ruthin Town Council by calling 01824 703797

or email