Thousands enjoy Christmas spirit
THE festive season is under way in Carmarthen after its Christmas lights were switched on at the weekend.
Thousands of people packed into Guildhall Square for the festivities on Friday night with many then making their way over to the town’s first winter wonderland at the park in Morfa Lane.
Bosses at the wonder- land said the attraction had a bumper kick off with high visitor numbers across the weekend.
William Hunter at Streamline Leisure said: “We had a great weekend and had up to 6,000 people there.
“There were 2,000 people ice skating alone over the weekend.
“Add to that people just there and not on the ice and you can easily double or triple that number, which is great considering the size of what we have got at the park.”
Reaction to the wonderland has also been positive since its gates opened on Friday afternoon.
“People have been commenting on our Facebook page and everyone is enjoying the fact Carmarthen has a winter wonderland finally.”
Taking to Facebook there were many happy customers after their visit.
Alexandra O’Connor posted she loved “everything” about it, adding: “It’s a great build-up to Christmas, really gets you in the Christmas spirit.
“You can find some
unique gifts on the stalls plus there are some fantastic foods and drinks available and not forgetting Santa’s grotto for the little ones. A must.”
Town leaders have dis- cussed efforts to bring a wonderland to the town for several years but plans never came to fruition.
While Aled Evans said: “Amazing ice rink, awesome rides, good variety of stalls and a good selection of food and drink to enjoy. Something for the whole family and it’s great to see it in Carmarthen.”
Saturday saw the annual reindeer parade through the town to St Catherine’s Walk where there was a full afternoon of Christmas fun.
This was followed by St Catherine’s Walk’s own lights switch-on.
Clerk of Carmarthen Town Council Alun Harries said: “There were thousands of people in the town on Friday evening and on Saturday and the place was bouncing; the town council is very proud of its annual Christmas events and this year it felt as if there were more people than ever in the town.
“I spoke to many people who had travelled a long way to Carmarthen for the events and there is no doubt that Carmarthen is developing a great reputation across West Wales for its Christmas lights switch-on and associated events.”
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