A large festive crowd gathered in Liskeard for a lantern parade and Christmas lights switch on.
The festive event brought together thousands of people who later enjoyed a carol service and a fireworks display.
Children from nearby schools created lanterns and took part in a Cornish storytelling project.
Liskeard Silver Band serenaded the procession, which was said to have brought much of the town to a virtual standstill.
Susan Pike, town mayor, said the town had united in staging the event
"It was fantastic and involved more people than ever before, from the rugby club to the Lights Up committee and some really very young volunteers," she added.
"What was really lovely to see was that the shops stayed open so people were could shop throughout the event.
"The Wesley Methodist Chapel stayed open – which is a really beautiful building It felt really Christmassy.
"It was wonderful to see everyone pulling together for the town – the schools, the Lions... everybody."
Hillfort Primary, Liskeard School and Community College, Pensilva, St Martin's Liskeard, Dobwalls, Trewidland, Upton Cross, Darite and Menheniot took part.
Workshops were held in the run-up, providing inspiration for the lantern builders with characters from Cornish fairy stories, including Tom Bowcock and a devilish version of Rumpelstiltskin.