PICTURE GALLERY: Petworth Christmas Lights

PETWORTH captured the essence and spirit of the season with its hotly-anticipated Christmas lights switch-on.

Once more, the town exceeded expectations, delighting crowds with a variety of entertainment and window displays that came to life.

The window display at Allans in Petworth.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131669-12

The window display at Allans in Petworth.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131669-12

With fresh food, fairground rides, market stalls, Santa’s grotto, and raffles, in every nook and cranny there was something to keep people entertained.

This year the lights were switched on by Lord Egremont’s granddaughter, Esme.

See this week’s Observer for the full feature (December 12).