DINGLE Bells hailed the start of Christmas when Huddersfield's lights were switched on last night.
Emmerdale star Mark Charnock - who plays happy-go-lucky chef Marlon Dingle in the soap - performed the ceremony at 6.30pm on a packed piazza.
This year Christmas is extra special with an ice-skating ring next to the piazza giving the centre an extra festive feel.
That also officially opened at the same time the lights came on.
The Home 107.9 roadshow built up the atmosphere with the switch-on immediately followed by a £50,000 Festival of Light featuring musicians and trapeze artists suspended hundreds of feet above St George's Square.
The show, now in its third year, was put on by French performers Transe Express.
They were involved in the dramatic opening ceremony for the Sydney Olympics.
A procession led by fire jugglers and a drumming band made its way through the town centre into the square.
The climax of the show featured an orchestra of bell-ringers and trapeze artists suspended from a giant chandelier hundreds of feet above spectators' heads.
A spectacular firework finale over the railway station kept the high drama going until the end of the evening.
An after-show reception called Renaissance Through Creativity was held at the George Hotel with talks by Kirklees Council leader Clr Robert Light and Graham McKenzie from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
They spoke about Huddersfield's growing reputation as a leader in creativity.
The ice rink on the Piazza will be open seven days a week from 11am until 8pm right up to Christmas Eve.
Prices are £5 for one hour including skate hire and £3 for children under 12 and Kirklees Passport holders.