10 great pictures from the crowd at the South Shields Christmas lights switch-on

Crowds were out in force for the South Shields Christmas lights switch-on
Crowds were out in force for the South Shields Christmas lights switch-on

There are always a lot of happy faces when Christmas comes to town.

Here are 10 pictures from the crowds at the South Shields Christmas lights switch-on:

Thankfully the feared downpour held off, but it was still a cold, dismal night - yet it didn't dampen any spirits at the switch-on.

Thankfully the feared downpour held off, but it was still a cold, dismal night - yet it didn't dampen any spirits at the switch-on.

Lights penetrated the darkness on the cold November night

Lights penetrated the darkness on the cold November night

And we just love those antlers!

And we just love those antlers!

Look at his little face

Look at his little face

The crowds were treated to a great show last night, with Jedward putting on an impressive performance

The crowds were treated to a great show last night, with Jedward putting on an impressive performance

No better place in a crowd than on a grown-up's shoulders

No better place in a crowd than on a grown-up's shoulders

Another shoulder-rider in the crowds

Another shoulder-rider in the crowds

Plenty of picture opportunities - always good social media fodder

Plenty of picture opportunities - always good social media fodder

That's right, there are two members of Jedward

That's right, there are two members of Jedward

The bright lights of the switch-on cut through the November darkness

The bright lights of the switch-on cut through the November darkness