Every year for us, Christmas kicks off when we go and watch the Christmas lights get switched on. I hate that some places do this as early as October! But thankfully, we have found that Ironbridge Gorge, our local World Heritage Site, don’t switch on their Christmas lights until the last week in November/ first in December, which is a perfectly acceptable time to begin the festivities in my mind!
Ironbridge is a beautiful place to visit anyway, with its little shops and boutiques and the bridge in the centre of the town overlooking the gorge, you can read more about it HERE. At night, when the bridge is lit up and a brass band are playing Christmas songs, whilst you are surrounded by Victorian buildings and shop fronts it really is a Dickensian delight and right up my street as a lover of ‘traditional’ Christmas.
At first, we had a walk around taking in the festive atmosphere and listening to the brass band and choir. Then it was time for Santa to make an appearance. Banana was so excited that we agreed to join the end of a very long queue so that she could meet him face to face. After a very long wait, she finally reached Santa, only to find herself too awestruck and shy to talk to him! So after finally agreeing to at least give the Big Man a high five, she walked away pleased as punch with a chocolate coin in hand… !
We had a lovely time just being together as a family, walking around, watching all the goings on. We even got to meet a friendly elf.
I previously hadn’t felt overly festive, but this was just what I needed to get me in the mood for all things Christmas!
We had chance to warm ourselves up with a hot sausage roll and drink before the lights were switched on.
Next we found a great spot by the river and waited patiently for the light count down to begin. The girls loved counting down and cheered merrily when the lights were switched on, followed by a fantastic fireworks display, which for me, signifies that it really is Christmas!!
Click here to see the rest of our Christmas Bucket List 2016