Samantha Holden | Politics, Philosophy and Law (PPL) Contact Samantha

On Sunday the festive season began with the Christmas light switch on in Leamington Spa Parade. My family had come down from Nottingham for the occasion making the event feel especially festive.

The Parade was filled with excitement, crowds and a mini Christmas market. The market was selling stocking fillers, jewellery and plenty of sweet treats. It was a great opportunity to get ready for Christmas whilst supporting local businesses.  Local bands and carolling played in the background whilst anticipation for the lights grew.  We were especially lucky as we stood on the steps to the Town hall meaning that we had a clear view of the stage and the whole of the parade.

To turn on the lights was Santa! (you would think he was quite busy at the moment but he made time for Leam). The cast of this years pantomime also came onto stage for the countdown to the lights. First the Christmas lights on the Christmas tree illuminated then the countdown began.

10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1 and the whole of Parade glowed and twinkled with the lights. At the bottom of the Parade the lights say Merry Christmas and then the rest decorate the street. It looks particularly beautiful at night on my way home from campus as it reminds you that the holidays are just around the corner. I would highly recommend that you went to visit particularly as all the shops have decorated their windows in Christmas decorations and with Black Friday approaching you are sure to grab a bargain.

If you could not make it to the lights turn on don’t worry as you can grab yourself some festive feelings on Campus. Keep the 27th of November free as the Unioversity has their Christmas Tree Lights Switch-on: 1pm . They are planning to light up their Christmas tree on the Warwick Arts Centre Plaza. Societies such as EQHO (HipHop Dance), MTW (Music Theatre Warwick), Warwick Belly Dance and Warwick Tap will be performing.  However if like me you are more of a food fanatic ensure to visit the chocolate and Gifts Christmas Markets. It is also on the 27th from 10am – 3pm. The markets will help you find gifts (flat secret Santa perhaps) or chocolates whilst also being able to grab lunch.  Other food options to check out is the Bread Oven in week 9 and 10 where the filling of the week will be Christmas themed. I will be in Fusion taking advantage of the Fusion’s three course Christmas set menu for £14 or a Christmas meal for less than £10. Here is the menu if you are interested: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/retail/christmas/  it is great value for money and saves you doing the washing up.


Samantha Holden | Politics, Philosophy and Law (PPL) Contact Samantha

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