Thousands made their way to St Albans city centre this weekend for the annual Christmas Cracker and light switch on event.

The street party took place on Sunday, November 20, and featured live music, a Santa's Grotto, funfair rides, face painting and street performers.


Market stalls selling takeaway food, drinks and seasonal gifts were also present.

Festive Christmas lights and pyrotechnics lit up the main stage as the event drew to a close.

St Albans Mayor, Councillor Geoff Harrison also addressed crowds at the event.

Herts Advertiser: A number of funfair rides were present at the event.A number of funfair rides were present at the event. (Image: Stephanie Belton)

The Christmas Cracker was organised by St Albans City and District Council and sponsored by St Albans BID (Business Improvement District).

Councillor Danny Clare said: “I was delighted that so many people turned out for this fantastic occasion.

Herts Advertiser: Rain did not stop thousands from attending the event.Rain did not stop thousands from attending the event. (Image: Stephanie Belton)

“The Christmas Cracker is a wonderful way to start the festive season and the response from our residents and visitors was tremendous.

"The rain did not put them off from coming in huge numbers.

Herts Advertiser: Pyrotechnics and Christmas lights were present.Pyrotechnics and Christmas lights were present. (Image: Stephanie Belton)

“The Cracker gives a much-needed boost to our local economy – our shops, pubs and restaurants – by bringing many extra visitors to the city centre.

“There was great input and creativity from local community groups and performers, and it was great to see so many local gift items, food and beverage on show.”

Herts Advertiser: A number of performers were present.A number of performers were present. (Image: Stephanie Belton)

St Albans BID manager Vivien Cannon added: "The Christmas Cracker was a great fun event which we thank the council’s events team for delivering.

“Our family of shops, packed full of unique and inspiring gifts, will hopefully have an excellent festive season following the event - much needed during these challenging economic times.

Herts Advertiser: St Albans BID have put together a Christmas Guide to the city.St Albans BID have put together a Christmas Guide to the city. (Image: Stephanie Belton)

“For inspirational gift ideas and a What’s On guide to Christmas, download the St Albans Christmas Guide.”

The St Albans Christmas Guide can be accessed online at