Oh, what a night!
Thousands turn out for town’s greatest Christmas party
THOUSANDS lined the streets of Llanelli town centre on Friday evening for the town’s annual Christmas Carnival celebrations.
Organised by Carmarthenshire Council, Llanelli Rural Council, Llanelli Town Council and Llanelli Round Table, the event has built up the reputation of being one of the biggest nights of the year in Carmarthenshire.
The procession is one of
the biggest in Wales, and organisers estimated 20,000 people would be in attendance.
People arrived early to enjoy a range of funfair rides, try out food from local vendors and buy gifts ready for Christmas sold by local traders.
Entertainment came from X Factor’s Jasmine and local acts John Baker, Luke Rees, CÔr Lleisiau’r Llanelli and Grwp Gwerin Mansant, with compère Mari Grug.
The lights were officially put on by town mayor David Darkin, dressed for the occasion in a Christmas suit, chairwoman of Llanelli Town Council Sian Caiach, and chairman of Carmarthenshire Council Mansel Charles.
An impressive parade of floats followed, including efforts from Owens and the Scarlets, before a spectacular fireworks display brought the evening to a close.
Llanelli town councillor Sean Rees congratulated those behind the carnival.
He said: “The Llanelli Christmas Carnival has become a permanent fixture in the calendar.
“Congratulations to all the volunteers taking part and to all the organisers.
“There’s always a buzz in the town centre on nights like this.
“It reminds me of how vibrant our town centre can be with the right vision and drive in the future.”
Llanelli’s Christmas parade and festive lights switch-on.