CHRISTMAS has arrived in Newtown St Boswells.

On Sunday more than 100 villagers of all ages took part in the traditional seasonal stroll ahead of the highly anticipated switch-on.

And they were all in good voice for carol singing ahead of Lewis Moffat leading the countdown.

The Newtown primary 5 pupil admitted he was thrilled when his name came out of the hat to be this year's switch-on VIP.

Lewis told us: "I was astonished when they read out my name because there were a lot of names in the hat.

"I've really enjoyed having the responsibility of switching on our Christmas lights."

As has become customary, the festive celebrations began at nearby Mileston Garden and Leisure.

Staff handed out torches and refreshments before Santa and piper Gus Redburn led the winter wander into the village to gather around the Christmas tree.

St Boswells Silver Band played a selection of traditional carols ahead of the lights being lighten.

For local councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol Sunday's seasonal celebrations were the culmination of months of community spirit.

She told us: "This whole evening is so much fun and it wouldn't be possible without the small band of volunteers who have spent many weeks and months bringing everything together.

"It's great to see so many people come and enjoy the lights being switched on.

"We would like to thank everyone who has supported the Newtown Lights Switch-on."

As well as the festive fun around the tree, there were bargains to be had in the community wing with a craft fair going on into the evening.

This weekend Santa will return to the village to enjoy breakfast with local children.

On both Saturday and Sunday, Father Christmas is taking a break to join children at the breakfast table for some hearty rolls and cupcakes.

And he'll even have a few pre-Christmas gifts to hand out to the good boys and girls as well as collect letters.

To book breakfast with Santa contact Fiona Macpherson on