There was no physical ceremony because of the Covid 19 pandemic, but a total of 100,000 LED bulbs have now been illuminated across the town centre.

The Streets are sparkling underneath the bright lights, bringing some much-needed festive cheer at such a difficult time for so many.

Over the last few weeks, the BID’s partner in this project, Gala Lights, has been adorning buildings, lampposts and trees with an array of illuminations, starting with red pea lights in the 4 trees at the War Memorial Gardens in time for Remembrance Day.

In addition to a giant illuminated Christmas parcel near Betty’s, there is a programmable light tunnel on the piazza outside of the Victoria Shopping Centre, and the tower at Peter’s Church will light up with colour changing RGB floodlights at night.

The streets have been adorned with Glitter Garlands, mini drop lights, and chasing rope lights to add a ‘touch of magic’ by creating an animated ceiling of light and great atmosphere, not forgetting the traditional Christmas tree on the Stray.

Harrogate Bid Acting Chair Sara Ferguson said:

“We have invested a significant amount of money in the lights, and I’m delighted to say that this year we have included streets that have not been featured in the past. Even though we are in the middle of a lockdown we want to ensure Harrogate looks festive and welcoming.”