Festive entertainment and bucket loads of traditional yuletide fun greeted a record number of people who turned out for the Theatre District lights switch-on.
Highlights of the event included a line-up of local MK talent organised by Real Music MK, with the youngest performers stealing the show.
Among those taking part were 13-year-old singer Bailey McConnell, cheerleaders who led the MKCA routine and pupils of Broughton Fields Primary School who sang a selection of Christmas songs, including a rendition of Away In A Manger.
Enterainment also came from an Olly Murs tribute act, Scott Finley and singer songwriter Holly Brewer.
The event supported Emily’s Star with more £1,200 raised.
The charity was launched in memory of Emily who died aged just 26 days old after being born with Trisomy 18. The charitysupports the nurses who help care for children with complex needs and families of those who suffer life limiting or life threatening illnesses.
Emily’s mum Katie said: “We were so pleased to be given the opportunity to be part of this amazing event and raise awareness of our charity. We were also incredibly touched by the support we received on the day, and with the money raised plan to make sure as many of these special children and their families enjoy an amazing day crammed with fun, smiles and wonderful memories.”
The lights were switched on by Owain Wilkes, aged four, who suffers from Noonan’s Syndrome, and is one of the children who benefits from the charity, along with Teresa Wood, matron of the Children with Complex Needs Nursing Team, and Holly Brewer.
The event was closed by Alive and Singing Choir and Jamie and Mr V who kept people dancing in the streets until 7pm.
Sara Mills, Theatre District marketing manager, said: “It was our most successful Christmas event to date and our tree looks absolutely stunning.
“It is a pleasure to be able to support local charities like Emily’s Star, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who gave their time to help make the day the triumph. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and would like to wish the whole of MK a very Merry Christmas.”