Santa Claus is coming to town!!!
Happy 1st of December everyone, and a very merry Christmas season to all of you!
Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year, so I have decided to do the 12 days of blogmas 2019, which means I will be posting every other day until Christmas Day (and possibly a bonus post on Christmas Eve too). I would love to do the full 24-25 days of blogmas, however with school and big exams coming up, it wasn’t a feasible option this year; however hopefully next year I’ll be able to fully commit.
On the first day of festive posts, I thought that it was only fitting to share with you the moment that really signifies the beginning of the holiday season: the lights switch on. This event is becoming evermore commercialised, so in every town where I live there is a separate ‘switch on’ celebration, so I managed to make it to two of them this year.
The first one I went to was a smaller one, but my sister and the theatre school she attends was singing at it and I thought what better way to begin festive celebrations?
As some of you know my phone is very broken, so sadly my camera quality isn’t great right now (will hopefully improve after Christmas though!) however I still wanted to capture the event.
My favourite radio hosts from Cool FM were presenting this event at the little shopping centre which was pretty ‘cool’ to see and the lights down there are beautiful, made to look like icicles and they even have a Santa’s grotto!
However, the main lights ceremony I attended was the one in my home town. I go to this one every year, but always end up missing the actual switch on because we always seem to go to a certain chippy that apparently doesn’t know how to serve food in anything under an hour and a half.
I’m not going to lie, I did prefer the big tree we used to have before this ‘tree’ (which is just a structure of lights basically) but even still, it does look pretty.
We began the evening by walking through the mall in the direction of Costa and stumbled across this huge Christmas bauble on our way, with a DJ in a funky Christmas suit playing some seasonal songs as we walked past.
Quite random if you ask me, but quite magical too.
Then it was time for my first seasonal coffee of the year, my favourite gingerbread latte! (And such a cute gingerbread man on top too!)
After sitting in Costa and visiting a couple of shops, we went outside to attempt to find a space to watch the parade from (which was very difficult – town was absolutely packed!)
Something which began last year was the ‘Lisburn Lights Festival‘, where the entire Main Street is practically canopied with fairy lights, and every hour (I am not kidding) a show is put on where the lights dance in time to the music. I was walking through with my mate the other night and we were saying that we feel sorry for anyone who works in any of the shops nearby – you would need earplugs for the amount of times Let it go is blasted a day!
Has anyone watched Frozen 2 yet?
The parade is filled with some interesting groups of people, and this year it was led by these drummers which were pretty cool.
We also had this guy pedalling a wooden reindeer, I wonder how much endurance that would take?
But of course one of my friends and I had to purchase a pair of reindeer antlers each to get in the festive spirit, proceeding to sing all the Christmas songs at the top of our voices along with the five year olds!
Our other friends pretended they didn’t know us for a bit, but I just think they were being Scrooge’s…
There were some pretty extravagant floats as well; I’m not 100% certain what this one was representing, but it was pretty!
And finally, of course we can’t forget the main man: Santa Claus! Just to clarify, his name was on the front of his sleigh in case anyone wasn’t too sure who he was – and Rudolph was there too!
Even though we all know these parades aren’t top quality standard, they are enchanting all the same no matter what age you are, just enrapturing the sparkly festive feeling that is so beautiful.
I cannot believe Christmas is this month, it’s so close! Even you people who don’t think the festive season begins until December first can no longer say it’s too early, so get excited people!!
Do you go to the light switching on parades in your town? What else are you doing this month? Let me know!