CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Christmas has come early in Charlottetown.
Hundreds of people gathered on Grafton Street near the Confederation Centre of the Arts Friday night to watch the Christmas tree lighting to kick off the Wintertide Holiday Festival.
Children's Wish Foundation wish child Dakota Gallant helped Father Christmas count down to the tree lighting on a cold night that saw a few wind gusts strong enough to blow over one of the portable light stands at the event.
The Confederation Centre Youth Chorus performed for the crowd before singer Julia Dunn stepped to the microphone to sing "When Christmas Comes to Town."
Tents also lined nearby Queen Street for an open-air market as part of the city's Victorian Christmas.