WRAPPED up in hats and gloves, they came to see Christmas sparkle light up a glum winter sky.
Hundreds of people braved freezing temperatures and miserable drizzle to celebrate the festive season at Sheffield’s Firth Park.
The amber glow from a lantern parade at nearby Hatfield Primary School provided some much-needed warmth, while the park was a hive of activity with stalls and fairground rides.
It was then down to special guests - the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and MP David Blunkett - to press down the plunger for the official lights switch-on.
A huge firework display rounded off the festivities.
For mum-of-two Keeley Heywood, 36, of High Green, it was the perfect way to get her children Mia, 11, and six-year-old Blake in the mood for Christmas.
She said: “We’ve been to make a wreath. I came last year and did one and it looked really elegant on my front door. It only costs £2. If you got one in a shop it would be more like £15.
“I’ve lived in this area for 16 years and I always come to this event. The community does a really good job organising it.”
Fair-goers including Terri Bracken, 25, and youngsters Ethan, three, and 18-month-old Elise waited patiently for their turn to meet Santa Claus in his grotto.
Terri said: “We’re freezing but they’re excited to see Father Christmas.”