Hundreds of Canterbury families are expected to gather at Latimer Square for a special Christmas Eve event.
A large stage is being erected this afternoon in preparation for the Christmas on Latimer event.
It begins at 5pm with performances by the Cathedral Choir, before the 65th annual Carols by Candlelight begins at 8pm.
A Midnight mass will then be held in the square from 10.30pm.
Latimer Square has become the city's main hub of Christmas celebrations in recent weeks with the large Telecom tree being a popular attraction since it was lifted into place earlier this month.
Christmas markets were staged there recently and various stalls and food vendors have been based there over recent weeks.
Madras St around Latimer Square will be closed to traffic for tonight's events.
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