CHRISTMAS officially arrived in Stourbridge this weekend as thousands flocked to the town centre for the lights switch on.

The lights were switched on by competition winner Shiloh Mason, aged 5, who pressed the button to kick-off the lights, while the crowd was covered in snow shot from a machine, on Saturday December 1.

Paw Patrol's Chase and Marshall entertained the crowds and were joined on stage by the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor, and BBC WM presenter Caroline Martin.

Children's ride, festive stalls and Santa's grotto were also on hand to help people get into the festive spirit.

Shoppers also took advantage of free parking as the council suspended charges for the day.

The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor, said: "The Stourbridge Christmas event is always well supported by the local community and this was no different.

"It was great to see so many people there and I’d like to thank them for coming; I’d also like to thank everyone behind the scenes who worked so hard to make it happen. It really was a great event."

He added: "On behalf of the council I’d like to wish all residents a very merry Christmas.”