This weekend I went to the Christmas Lights switch on event in our nearby town and this had become a bit of a festive tradition for our family in recent years. I happened to be shopping in the town when they were installing their Christmas lights this year so I got a sneaky peek at the decorations and even saw their massive tree being delivered (with a huge wooden ‘pot’ surround that I could actually live in!)
I am always surprised that even the smallest of villages have a switch-on ceremony and there’s always a lovely festive atmosphere when the locals turn out in all weathers to kick-start the festive celebrations. Some of the bigger cities have celebrities turning on the lights and some events include performances from bands, panto sketches, real reindeer (which I saw last night!!) and Santa Claus himself.
I think the Christmas lights make even the smallest town appear to sparkle after dark and certainly gets me in the mood for the Christmas shopping and drinking hot chocolate in the snow! I’m glad that this tradition remains and that more and more locations are putting up fairy lights and trees to celebrate the season. Try to get along to a lights switch-on event this year; next weekend is a busy one for this kind of event – check your local “what’s on” guide in the newspaper or online and have a whole lotta festive fun!