THE festive season in Leeton has officially kicked off with the gift of rain.
Cooler temperatures and light showers greeted residents who attended Light Up Leeton on Sunday afternoon for what was still a celebration of all things Christmas.
The afternoon got underway with the hams carnival, which had punters trying their luck at winning a delicious ham.
After a spin of the wheel it was time to check out the many delicious food options stallholders had on offer.
Each of the tents was manned by community groups and organisations that were raising money to keep their accounts ticking over.
There was everything from fairy floss and hot dogs to pasta, doughnuts, hot chips and more.
Children also delighted at jumping on the Lions train and merry-go-round, as well as a new inclusion this year - a large climbing tower.
Santa and Mrs Claus arrived just after the stroke of 6pm to a rock star welcome with children clambering for a glimpse of the big man in red.
Light Up Leeton chairman Carl King said while the weather did affect numbers on the night, there was no doubting the spirit of Christmas was alive and well.
"It was amazing really ... it wasn't the best weather, but to have the crowd we did, was fantastic," he said.
"I'd say numbers were down probably about a third compared to usual.
"There wasn't a lot of rain, but we certainly can't be knocking it back. Luckily everyone came prepared with their umbrellas and wet weather gear."
Following Santa's arrival, the community Christmas concert got underway, once again showcasing the wide range of talents across a variety of ages.
"That's what the event really is all about ... seeing everyone come together and just getting into the spirit of the festive season," Mr King said.
Following the end of the concert, residents jumped into their cars and headed around town in a convoy to check out the Christmas lights adorning homes.
With December only just getting underway, Mr King said it wasn't too late to light up your home.
"It's the old story of you only needing to pop up one string of lights to be part of it ... it really makes a difference," he said. To register your home on the Light Up Leeton map visit https://www.lightupleeton.org/.
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