Penarth’s Grand Christmas Lights switch-on – and the traditional preliminary visit by Father Christmas and partner – are due to take place on Sunday November 20th.
The all-day event will involve road closures from 08:00 to 20:00 on Sunday
The Vale of Glamorgan Council says the roads closed to traffic will be:-
- The lower part of Glebe St “between Ludlow Street and Windsor Road ” . Traffic will be diverted along Ludlow Lane and Albert Road. The one way traffic system on Arcot Lane (the narrow gated back lane) will be suspended for the day
- A section of Ludlow Lane will be closed between Glebe St and the parking ground of Windsor Lofts.
- Windsor Road itself will be closed from the junction with Albert Road to the junction with Arcot St .
Diversions will be in place for all these routes
This year’s Christmas Festival will be the first to be held in Penarth for two years, following the cancellation – at very short notice – of last year’s Christmas Festival because of bad weather.
Scores of families who’d come to the town centre last year with children to see Santa Claus were left with no information and nowhere to go until the Hampton’s gift shop in Ludlow Lane took the initiative of opening its doors and staging an impromptu event in-store including a visit from Father Christmas – saving very many local children from disappointment.
Sunday’s Christmas Festival timetable is:-
15:30 Live musical outdoor stage-show featuring local talent.
16:00 ‘Santa Claus’ and partner will arrive in Penarth’s first-ever traditional “Lantern Parade” …bring your own lantern to join in. [Perhaps – post Brexit – Penarth might revert to the traditional non-EU and less Germanic title of “Father Christmas”, or the Welsh version “Sion Corn”] .
Penarth Town Council says “The parade has a new twist this year with the community encouraged to take part with their own lantern. Either pop up to the town centre to decorate one at the Town Council stall, or bring your own [ lantern] to West House by 3.45pm (lights will be provided) to set off with Santa at 4pm.”
There will be a collection for the RNLI’s new lifeboat during the event.
17:00: Christmas Lights ceremonial switch-on – which this year will include the three Christmas trees on the roundabout and illuminated
snowmen – sorry – “snow-persons”.