Fake snow and JLS? It must be nearly Christmas...
A CROWD of 10,000 screaming fans saw boy band JLS light up The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.
The teen heartthrobs led a mass countdown before switching on the shopping centre's Christmas lights.
Last night's free event, which came with falling fake snow to give the November evening a more festive feel, raised more than £20,000 in donations for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital charity.
Some young fans had queued all day at the shopping centre to be first through the gates to the venue.
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Charlene Wedgbury, Leanne Neary and Emmylou Spill, from Thornbury, had queued from 7am with their daughters Chloe, ten, Ella, six, and Tegan, seven.
Ms Wedgbury said: "It's been a long day and we've taken shifts to stand in line. It is a bit crazy but it's worth it to see the kids' faces."
Her sister Mrs Spill added: "We wanted to be right at the front – the kids are all X Factor and JLS mad."
It was not until 6pm that the event got under way, with 24-year-old jazz singer Alexander Stewart on first and Grand Appeal mascots Wallace and Gromit also taking a bow.
After a tantalising wait, the chart-topping headliners, who were runners up on the X Factor in 2008, walked onto the stage – with the sound of screams, sobs, declarations of love and offers of marriage ringing in their ears.
The four-piece sang several hits including their latest single, Hottest Girl in the World, after pushing the plunger to turn on the festive lights covering trees and the centre's Enchanted Ice Castle.
JLS's Oritsé Williams told The Post: "It's mad that people have been queuing so early. Sometimes when we're in the tour bus we can hear the crowds screaming for miles. It's a good way to get you going."
Fellow band member Marvin Humes said: "I love Christmas and I think the earlier you get into the festive spirit the better. We've not done that many Christmas light switch-ons since we formed JLS so it is pretty special."
For one little girl the event was even more memorable. Ella Giambrone, from Stoke Bishop, met with the band and had the chance to ask some of her own questions.
The ten-year-old has been a patient at Bristol Children's Hospital for the last two years after suffering a chest infection that triggered a kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) nephrotic syndrome.
After renal failure Ella had to undergo a successful kidney transplant but there was early recurrence of FSGS in the donated kidney.
The recurrence of FSGS means that Ella has to have regular plasma exchange treatment at the children's hospital to keep the kidney functioning normally and to prevent the disease from taking hold.
Her family wanted to give something back to the hospital and together they have raised almost £9,000 by selling Christmas cards, charity sky dives and bike rides.
Ella said: "JLS were really nice. I asked if they had any fast cars."
Sarah Vipond, corporate partnerships manager at The Grand Appeal, said: "We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of such a fantastic event and want to say a huge thank you to The Mall, JLS and the thousands of people in Bristol and beyond, who have donated so generously to the Grand Appeal. Every penny given will go a long way in helping the many sick children treated at Bristol Children's Hospital."
Maria Crayton, head of marketing at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, said: "We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who made a donation to Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal both during the Christmas light switch-on and at our ticket giveaways."