THE City Centre Christmas Festival and Market was held on Esk St last Saturday.
There were stalls along Esk St and the Cambridge Arcade.
Southern Institute of Technology students also decorated the SIT Arcade as a magical Christmas grotto, which hosted a ring toss game, Chinese massages, costume making and Maori carver Oti Murray, of Invercargill.
Retailers in the CBD held one-day sales for Christmas shoppers.
Children enjoyed an early visit from Santa, a bouncy castle, Sparks the clown, roaming fairies and free face painting.
Live music included the Tongan Drummers, entertainer Cheryl Anderson and the Foveaux Choir.
The Gingerbread House display and competition was open to the public in the Cambridge Arcade, and there was a free gingerbread man decorating workshop.
Invercargill City Council centre city co-ordinator Kari Graber said she loved how the community came out to support each other and the festival certainly brought out the crowds.