HUNDREDS of townspeople lit up Monnow Street and Agincourt Square on Friday night (December 1) at the annual Lantern Parade.

Ready, steady, glow! The lanterns kept on coming in a superb turn out.

The traditional start of the festive season began with the parade forming up beside the historic Monnow Bridge, before the main man himself – Santa - headed the parade up the high street on his sleigh accompanied by music and dazzling illuminations.

A giant of the Xmas lantern parade
A giant of the Xmas lantern parade (Monmouth Christmas lantern parade)

Celebrations continued in front of the Shire Hall beside the town Christmas tree in Agincourt Square with live music and entertainment for several hours.

There was lots of excitement at the Monmouth Xmas lantern parade. Video: Rachel Rand

And the festivities continue on Sunday, with the Santa Fun Run, organised by Spirit of Monmouth RC, starting at 10am from Monnow Bridge.

Registration is 8.45-9.45am on the  bridge. You can find the registration form on the events tab of the Spirit of Monmouth website which you can fill in and print off in advance or you can just turn up and fill one out  on the day. 

Entries are £3 child/£7 adult/£20 family group of up to 5 people (no more than 2 adults) and will be  Cash only .  All profits  from this year's race will go to this years chosen charity, Mind Monmouthshire.