Thousands of people thronged Pinner's streets to celebrate its annual Pantomime Evening.
Celebrations at the festive event got under way last Thursday when John Nickolay, Mayor of Harrow, switched on the Christmas lights.
Restaurants opened out on to the roads, serving food and drink, and about 500 schoolchildren wrapped up warm and performed carols throughout the evening.
Shops in the village competed for the most impressively decorated front windows, and the night was topped off with a firework display, which lit up Pinner's skyline.
This year's window competition was won by the RSPCA charity shop in Love Lane, which impressed passers-by with its Goldie Locks And The Three Bears theme.
Manager Mags Wheatley said: "We have come second twice, so we are so pleased to finally win. Pinner Panto is a great night out. I don't know anywhere else where something like this happens."
Ellie-Ann Cooper, nine, dressed up as Goldie Locks and was delighted to take home first prize.
She said: "It has been really fun. Everybody in the village is smiling and I'm glad we came first."
Kia Mepani, four, was thrilled to have her face painted with her brother Nilan, seven. She said: "I had my face painted like a cat and I enjoyed myself lots."
Bradley and Jones Funeral Directors, in Love Lane, got into the spirit of things and transformed the parlour into a Caribbean-themed party where curry mutton, rice and peas, along with Guinness punch were served throughout the night.
Paul Linden, owner of Dining in Style, in High Street, designed a cake to celebrate the panto and served mince pies he baked himself.
He said: "The Pinner Panto brings the whole community together in a good way. It is such a positive evening and everybody always has a great time. It is an institution and I hope it carries on."
PC Stephen Lamb, of Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Teams, spent the evening patrolling the busy streets with the rest of his squad. He said: "The Panto is always great fun. We are just making sure everything runs smoothly. This is a great start to the Christmas season and I hope everyone enjoyed the night."
And Zeynep Yanya, 23, of Pinner Hill Road, put a smile on people's faces by handing out free chocolate from Marks and Spencer. She said: "It is a real laugh. It is great that Pinner has this great tradition."
Sharon Pink, of the Pinner Pantomime Committee, was delighted to see so many people from around the borough supporting the event. She said: "All in all it was an excellent evening. I hope the level of community participation this year sets a benchmark for future years ahead."