The Christmas lights have gone up on lamposts in Hemel Hempstead’s town centre in preparation for the festive countdown.
Workers were scaling heights in their cherry picker to install the giant decorations last week.
The town centre will officially begin its countdown to Christmas on Sunday when the lights are switched on at 5.30pm.
In the run up to the big light up, with Santa and children’s favourites Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew flicking the switch, there will be free activities for youngsters in the Marlowes Shopping centre.
Children can meet the television characters and Santa from 1pm and there will be other fun and musical entertainment from 3.20pm.