Hundreds of people watched the switching-on of the Christmas lights at a picturesque Cornish fishing harbour yesterday.
Organisers said more people drawn in to Polperro by the prospect of free parking, raising more than £1,000 for the Christmas lights committee.
New this year was a selection of LED lights, including angels and stars, in the display over the village’s Big Green.
Visitors were able to tuck in to hot dogs and minced pies, while drinking mulled wine as a selection of Christmas market stalls opened in the early afternoon.
Entertainment included performances from the Mount Charles Band, female shanty group the Doxies and Keltique choir.
The lights were switched-on by Polperro “Lord Mayor” Nathan Toms, assisted by Carnival Queen, Erin Varney, and princess Mia Beard.
Robert Chisman, chairman of the Christmas lights, said: “It went very well. This year we replaced some of the lights over the Big Green, got some new LED lights of angels and stars. It really brightened the green up.
“I’d like to say thanks to all those helped, particularly with the main car park, which was free. I think that made a difference.”