Redland City Council ushers in festive season with Cleveland Christmas tree lighting | Video

HUNDREDS of people flocked to Cleveland's library square on Friday night to see the Redlands Christmas tree lit up, ushering in the festive season.

During Redland City Council's Lightup Your Christmas event, Bloomfield Street and Raby Bay Harbour came alive with entertainment, children's activities, twilight markets, a visit from Santa and his elves and the lighting of the special tree.

Children took photos with Santa and danced along to their favourite Christmas tunes sung by local artists before counting down the seconds until the dazzling lights were switched on.

Mayor Karen Williams said she was delighted to flick the switch again this year.

"This event brings our city together and sparks the Christmas spirit in us all," she said.

"To see children posting their letters to Santa, families enjoying photos with the man in red himself, the wonderful entertainment, the fun and festivities at the twilight markets and so many people come to see our beautiful tree light up was testament to the sense of community we share from one end of Redlands Coast to the other.

"The lighting of our tree is fast becoming a Redlands Coast tradition that I hope continues long into the future."

Redland City Council's annual Christmas by Starlight will help residents get into the Christmas spirit with an afternoon of carols, market stalls, activities and family fun on December 14.