Christmas has officially come to Basingstoke, with Festival Place adorning the festive lights from Saturday, Novemeber 13.

The shopping centre marked the start of the festivities with the celebrations inspired by a traditional Christmas spent with friends and family. Hundreds of scarlet poinsettias and intricate light displays wow visitors to the shopping centre, providing a festive backdrop to a poinsettia Christmas tree, decorated in red, gold, and cream.

A host of colourful Christmas characters including a fox, hare, penguin, reindeer, bird, and polar bear roam the centre entertaining shoppers with theatre, dance, music, and storytelling. While Santa has taken up residence in a traditional grotto, where visitors can take part in festive workshops and dress up for a festive photo.