Visitors to Workington this weekend will be treated to a host of activities and attractions, as this year's festive celebrations begin.
The activities kick off on Friday lunchtime (16th November), with the opening of the three day Christmas market.
Former X-Factor star Marcus Collins will then join the Mayor of Allerdale to switch on the Christmas lights at 6pm.
Over the weekend children will be entertained by magicians, clowns, face painters and balloon modellers, and they can visit Santa and his elves in his log cabin.
A live stage showcasing local talent and professional acts will be on display over the weekend.
'Santa' will be showcasing the Rugby League World Cup on his open top bus, at various locations across Workington, as part of the countdown to the matches at Derwent Park in 2013.