VIDEO: Panto prince Gareth Gates turns on St Albans Christmas lights

Gareth Gates talks to the crowds

Gareth Gates talks to the crowds - Credit: Archant

Christmas excitement erupted in St Albans on Sunday as Gareth Gates unveiled the city’s magical festive lights, which for the first time adorned the iconic Clock Tower.

The cast of Cindarella on stage

The cast of Cindarella on stage - Credit: Archant

Thousands of residents of all ages wrapped up warm and took to St Peter’s Street to witness the annual event and kick off the countdown to the holiday season.

The former Pop Idol contestant is performing as Prince Charming in the Alban Arena pantomime and joined his fellow co-stars, including local comedian Bob Golding, on stage along with St Albans Mayor Cllr Annie Brewster.

The group, led by Gates, sang We Wish you a Merry Christmas to excited crowds before switching on the lights, which were heralded by an explosion of glitter and confetti.

Read this week’s Herts Advertiser for full coverage on the event.