Christmas Cracker street party kicks off festive season in St Albans

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

Thousands of people attended the Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans city centre at the weekend to launch the festive season in style.

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The city centre was closed to traffic from 12 noon until 6pm yesterday, and families could visit Santa's grotto, food, drink and gift stalls, funfair rides, a giant snow globe and a children's activities tent.

There were also live music at the main stage by the Beech House, and by the Clock Tower, and at 5pm there was a countdown to the Christmas lights being switched on.

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

Mayor of St Albans Cllr Janet Smith, who switched on the Clock Tower illuminations, said: "I was taken aback by the size of the crowds - they were huge.

"The atmosphere was electric throughout the day and there was so much for people to do, with children extremely well catered for."

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The event was organised by St Albans district council and city centre businesses in the Albans Business Improvement District (BID).

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton

The Christmas Cracker street party in St Albans. Picture: Stephanie Belton - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: La

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: Laura Bill - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: La

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: Laura Bill - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: La

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: Laura Bill - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: La

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: Laura Bill - Credit: Archant

One of the new St Albans installations. Picture: Laura Bill

One of the new St Albans installations. Picture: Laura Bill - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: La

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: Laura Bill - Credit: Archant

St Albans Christmas Cracker - photo by Craig Shepheard.

St Albans Christmas Cracker - photo by Craig Shepheard. - Credit: Archant

St Albans Christmas Cracker - photo by Craig Shepheard.

St Albans Christmas Cracker - photo by Craig Shepheard. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: La

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: Laura Bill - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: La

Hundreds of people enjoyed the St Albans Christmas Cracker event on Sunday, November 18. Picture: Laura Bill - Credit: Archant

St Albans Christmas Cracker festival - picture by John Searle.

St Albans Christmas Cracker festival - picture by John Searle. - Credit: Archant

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter