SLIDESHOW: Milton Keynes lights up for Christmas

The city’s Midsummer Boulevard lit up in spectacular style on Saturday night, getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Around 2,500 people turned out to see Milton Keynes’ first ever lights switch-on event, which was jam-packed with entertainment from dawn ‘til dusk.

At 5pm, the big finale saw Father Christmas and the Mayor of Milton Keynes Derek Eastman switch-on the lights, followed by a stunning laser and pyrotechnic display.

The evening ended with a rocking performance by Alive and Singing - a community adult rock and pop choir with members from across Herts, Beds and Bucks who had joined together to celebrate the occasion.

The event was organised by MKCCM, alongside joint partners intu Milton Keynes, centre:mk and Milton Keynes Council.

Melanie Beck, city centre manager for MKCCM said: “We are delighted the event was so well received with over 2,500 people joining us as we lit Midsummer Boulevard for the first time in Milton Keynes’ history.

“We’d like to thank our three joint partners, Milton Keynes Council, centre:mk and intu Milton Keynes for their support in bringing the project to life, and we look forward to making this even better next year!”