Town centre residents woke up to find morning it was Christmas morning in Penarth

Town centre residents woke up to find  it was Christmas morning in Penarth

The civic calendar may not have even reached Remembrance Sunday yet – but today nevertheless, Penarth is already getting its festive decorations up for Christmas.

By accident or design, Christmas in Penarth now appears to occupy a 4-month stretch of the diary from today (October 23rd 2016)  to some time in February – whenever a team can be got together to remove the last vestiges of the roundabout Christmas trees (there’ll be three of them this time).

The Star of Bethlehem makes an unseasonable early appearance above the streets of Penarth

The Star of Bethlehem makes an unseasonably early appearance above the streets of Penarth

The new earlier-than-ever Christmas period seems not to be due to some council edict – or (perish the thought) what the public or retailers want –  but is largely scheduled to suit the timetable of the installation contractors.

At least now Penarth will now have plenty of time to get used to the new Christmas lights – they be up for many weeks to come.

Untangling the Christmas Lights is an annual ritual on the streets as well as in the homes of Penarth

Untangling the Christmas Lights is an annual ritual on the streets as well as in the homes of Penarth

This year’s Christmas lights are “warm white” replacing the gloomy blue lights installed over the last three years which drew several complaints from local residents –  not only because of their cold and unwelcoming ambience – but because the several strings of them could never be made to work.

The official Penarth Christmas Lights Switch On Ceremony is also extra-early this year and is scheduled for the end of November.


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  1. sjleworthy says:

    Lets hope they all work this year too

  2. Suzanna says:

    So pleased to read the blue lights have gone. Blue is not a Christmas colour in my opinion.

  3. Anne Greagsby says:

    Is this trick or treat from labour? Cant they wait until after halloween? I expect the blue lights are on sale on eBay already! And when will the xmas trees trees arrive after year long preparations at the expense of flowers in the clock roundabout in the heart of Penarth?

  4. RetailGuru says:

    Great to see the council investing in our high street and promoting the town as a destination for shoppers from across the vale and further afield. Incidentally, I understand that the switch-on is set for Sunday November 20th.

  5. Martin Coffee says:

    It’s simply not possible for all the street decorations in Wales over the one correct weekend whichever that one may be so it stands to reason that some have to be erected early. Better early than never.

  6. Paul says:

    Its all a marketing ploy. I was in a local town one day, fairly quiet. That evening the tree went up, the next day, the place was packed full of shoppers.
    Don’t believe the hype…

  7. Mgg says:

    Yep well said the last two . As I noted with MR getihin you wait to long to ask you are at the back of the queue .The lights are up it doesnt mean they will be switched on yet does it ?

  8. pompousfruit says:

    I have noticed that Halloween starts earlier in Penarth than it does in Cardiff with Halloween merchandise in the card shop from late August. Christmas decorations up in the Harvesters pub in Lavernock at the same time as Halloween decorations in October. There isn’t a time of the year when Sainsbury’s doesn’t stock seasonal goods taking up at least one shelf. As soon as Christmas is over then it Valentines chocolates and then Mothers Day chocolates.

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