Inspirational mum Georgie Moseley paid a poignant tribute to son Harry as she turned on the Christmas lights in Brindleyplace.
The schoolboy was just 11 when he died of a brain tumour last October, having bravely raised more than £750,000 for charities by selling hand-made bracelets.
Pupils from Blakenhale Junior School in Sheldon, where he had attended, and St John’s Primary in Ladywood led a moving carol service before Georgie illuminated Central Square.
“Christmas was such a special time for Harry,” the mum told the Mail.
“This year we wanted to really celebrate with all the kids of Birmingham by holding this event and giving people of the city a chance to come and join in the festivities.”
Georgie was joined at the switch-on by Birmingham City star Nathan Redmond, who grew up with Harry’s older sister Dani Green.
The 18-year-old winger is an ambassador for Help Harry Help Others (HHHO), the Yardley-based charity the mum launched earlier this year in her son’s memory.
Former Coronation Street star Adam Rickitt, CEO of HHHO, said: “I think the biggest of scrooges would have been warmed by what took place here.”
Visitors were given the opportunity to remember loved ones by lighting a floating candle in the Brindleyplace fountains.
A similar method of remembrance was launched over in Victoria Square, where the Sandvik Tree of Light was officially unveiled.
The 50ft Norway Spruce, decorated with nearly 2,000 low energy white ‘golf ball’ bulbs, was gifted to the city by Halesowen firm Sandvik Holdings Ltd, as part of a 45-year festive tradition.
The public can sponsor a light for £5 in the name of a loved one, which can be recorded in a Book of Lights on display in the Council House during December.
Funds will go to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal, which supports The Salvation Army and Acorns Children’s Hospice among other good causes.