RYDE enjoyed a spectacular festive afternoon and evening yesterday (Thursday) thanks to a special event.

Merry and Bright, combined with late night shopping opportunities, saw the town bustling with people excited for Christmas.

The New Carnival Company organised a parade of music and lanterns which was well-received by the watching crowd.

Organisers said: "Well. We rocked it. Ryde was very merry and very very bright tonight.

"Thanks everyone for making it special and supporting such a heart warming community event."

Thanks to New Carnival Company and Therese Elaine Saunders for the photos in the gallery above.

Click here to find out what is going on on the Island today, for Christmas