Cardiff’s Christmas lights switch on

Cardiff’s Christmas countdown began last night as fifteen thousand people turned up to see the lights switch on.

Always up for a bit of festive fun our reporter Rachel Houlden tells us more…

The John Lewis ferris wheel

With their fingers turning blue and their toes beginning to numb, die-hard fans anxiously waited down King Edward VII Avenue last night. Many had been there nearly three hours to sustain their prime position at the front of the crowds. Who were they waiting for? None other than the timelord himself Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith. No stranger to Cardiff Matt also brought with him co-stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, who play Amy Pond and Rory Williams in the BBC drama.

To set the seasonal atmosphere there was entertainment from soul band Supernatural and everybody’s favourite builder, Bob.

This year also marked the tenth anniversary of Winter Wonderland, which features an open air ice rink and a giant ferris wheel. The wheel, sponsored by John Lewis stands as tall as three double-decker buses!

Admiral Open air ice rink

It has also been reported there are fifteen thousand LED lights this year. That’s roughly one light for every person at the event.

The lights are on now until 3rd January. Bringing Cardiff and South Wales 50 days of seasonal cheer!

2 Responses to “Cardiff’s Christmas lights switch on”
  1. rachel you’re braver than i am! a cold night indeed , well done! shame you didnt get to speak to the bob the builder crew, those guys were good!

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