HAVERFORDWEST was illuminated with a festive glow this weekend as the town’s Christmas lights were switched on and fireworks flew from the walls of the castle.

The annual Christmas lights switch-on took place at the Riverside Shopping Centre at 6pm on Saturday, December 1.

There was entertainment all afternoon from local bands and singers, with crowds gathered along the river front waiting for the lights to be turned on.

Fireworks flying over the castle.

The mayor and sheriff of Haverfordwest, Cllrs Sue Murray and Chris Thomas led the count down and afterwards fireworks were lit in the grounds of the castle, flying over the battlements.

The mayor thanked the Riverside Shopping Centre for hosting the light switch-on.

Shops throughout Haverfordwest opened late and the streets of the town were bustling until after 7pm.

The VC Gallery also launched its Christmas exhibition on the same evening with a Christmas art market, welcoming some of the crowds in from the cold to see work from local professional and amateur artists at its Bridge Street gallery.

The exhibition will be open at the Bridge Street gallery all this month.

At Broad Haven, residents were taken back to the future for their light switch-on on Sunday, December 2.

A DeLorean led Broad Haven's Christmas parade.

A DeLorean DMC-12, similar to the one featured in the 1980s classic movie Back to the Future, heralded in the start of the Christmas season.

The car, owned by a local enthusiast, led a parade through Broad Haven as the Christmas lights went on.

At its October meeting, Haverfordwest Town Councillors discussed involving more local businesses in the start of the Christmas season, and plans to meet with shopkeepers in the New Year to organise efforts for Christmas 2019.