Thousands of people turned up in Carlisle city centre to watch four hours of entertainment before the Christmas lights switch on at 6pm on Sunday, November 18th.
It started with a community parade themed on the Twelve Days of Christmas that was held for the first time.
There were a number of local acts on stage before X-Factor finalist from 2009, Jamie "AFRO" Archer took to the stage.
Jamie performed six songs in a half-hour set before he was joined on stage by four Olympic torch bearers from Cumbria.
Father Christmas led the crowds in a 10 second count down before the lights were officially lit.