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Leicester has celebrated its Christmas lights switch-on with a camel-led procession through the city.
Thousands saw the lights come on, and a number of dressed up winter and festive characters, including the 'Snow Queen'.
Pictures courtesy of Pukaar News.
Leicester's Christmas celebrations are underway as the festive lights have been switched on.
Thousands have gathered throughout the day, with festivities taking place across the city. The lights were switched on at 4.30pm.
The city will also be celebrating this week if it is successful in becoming the UK City of Culture 2017. The decision is due to be announced on Wednesday.
Camels are leading a procession through Leicester city centre in preparation for the Christmas lights switch-on this evening.
Other costumes can also been seen in across the city, as thousands are expected to attend the event.
Speaking ahead of the switching on of Leicester's Christmas lights this evening, councillor Piara Singh Clair believes this years festive celebrations in the city will be the best ever.
Lights will be switched on in Leicester this evening, to start Christmas celebrations. Thousands are expected to see the switch-on at the new location of Humberstone Gate West.
This evening's festivities have already begun, including camels being shown off in the city centre.
The event comes in the week that the city will find out if it will become UK City of Culture 2017, with the announcement due to be made on Wednesday.