Festive cheer is coming to Hatfield later this month, after the date for the town's Christmas lights switch-on was revealed.

The event will be held in White Lion Square on Saturday, November 25, with Welwyn Hatfield and Britain's Got Talent star Immi Davis performing the headline slot on the big stage, before switching on the lights in White Lion Square at 5.30pm.

From midday, other talented local acts will be performing, including the Bring The Party Band and the Oompah Brass Trio, with DJs on the decks between acts.

Elsewhere, in Market Place, Santa and his elves will be welcoming children into their grotto – but make sure you see him before he flies back to the North Pole at 5pm.

There will also be street entertainers, stalls with Christmas-themed gifts and activities, and craft workshops.

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The giant snow globe makes a welcome return too, creating the perfect setting for a festive photo to share with friends and family.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: There will be plenty to see and do in Hatfield this festive season.There will be plenty to see and do in Hatfield this festive season. (Image: Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)

"We’re looking forward to making this year’s switch-on event in Hatfield a winter wonderland of festive fun," said Cllr Paul Zukowskyj, leader of the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

"We are working with residents, businesses, and local groups to ensure the event is a real celebration of the diversity of Hatfield, and its strong sense of community.

"It’s something that the town is rightly proud about, and something that we think should be celebrated – but please do check the times of the many activities happening on the day, so that you don’t miss out – especially seeing Santa."

The Yuletide merriment continues in Hatfield throughout December, with the Daily Christmas Market open in White Lion Square from Monday, December 18, to Saturday, December 23, providing shoppers with the chance to get any last minute gifts.

The council is also calling on people to try and do their Christmas shopping in Welwyn Hatfield shops and market stalls this year to provide much-needed support to local businesses. You can also vote for your favourite Christmas shop window or market stall on the council's website.