GLASGOW'S countdown to Christmas is now officially underway after George Square was illuminated in festive lights.

Thousands donned their warmest woolies for the annual Christmas light switch on.

DJ George Bowie and Cassi warmed up the crowd with a selection of Christmas hits before being joined on stage by a very enthusiastic Santa.

Wind delayed the big reveal for thirty minutes but did little to dampen excitement among the crowd.

The Michaels from Glasgow’s East End were ecstatic to have finally got their hands on tickets.

Jenna, 25, said: “We all applied in the hopes of getting tickets.

“We’ve applied every year since it became ticketed but this is the first year we’ve got in so we’re all very excited.

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John Campbell and his 5-year-old son had been at the Square soaking up the atmosphere since around 5pm.

He added: “The wee one loves it. It’s really for them.

“The lights switch on always means that Christmas is not long away so his excitement has definitely peaked.”

Ticket holders were treated to a ten minute firework display which lit up the skies above Glasgow City Chambers.

Cheers from the crowd marked the end of another massive light switch on event and the beginning of the countdown to Christmas.