A Christmas cracker of a day is planned for Tenby - as Santa is set to arrive at the seaside town to switch-on the festive lights.
There will be plenty of festive fun in Tenby on Saturday, November 25 as the town’s Christmas Festivities committee, Tenby RNLI, Tenby Firefighters, and Tenby Coastguard join forces to ‘launch’ the start of the Yuletide season in the seaside resort once again.
The festive fun will start at around 1 pm with top local DJ Steve Briers who will be on hand throughout the afternoon to keep the Christmas atmosphere swinging with plenty of festive, chart and popular music favourites.
There will be live performances in Tudor Square throughout the afternoon from - Kelly Williams School of Dance, the Salvation Army band and Tenby Friendship Group carollers, along with Sam Skyrme-Blackhall singing.
DJ Steve will be at the decks for the final build up to the arrival of Father Christmas with more festive favourites.
Mayor of Tenby, Cllr Dai Morgan, will set off down to Castle Hill with Tenby RNLI launching the all-weather lifeboat, the Haydn Miller at 3.45 pm to collect Father Christmas from a secret location out at sea.
Once safely ashore, Father Christmas and the Mayor will join Tenby Coastguard and RNLI crew members for a ‘blue light’ parade through a festive flurry of snow from the roof of Tenby House Hotel (weather permitting) to turn on the lights on the town Christmas Tree in the grounds of St Mary’s Church at 4.30 pm.
During the afternoon starting at 2.30 pm there will a free lantern making workshop in the De Valence Pavilion on upper Frog Street when children can make lanterns to join in with the parade from Castle Square.
Kelly’s dancers will also be giving a second performance in the De Valence from 3 to 3.30 pm.
The switch-on will also be live streamed to the big screens at the venue.
Following the switching on of the lights, the Mayor and Father Christmas will be transported to the De Valence by the Fire Brigade where Santa will be greeting children in his grotto.
There will also be an extra special attraction on the day with a charity Christmas Market in the Square co-ordinated by Tenby and District Lions.
There will be approximately 20 stalls featuring local businesses and crafters, where people can hunt down those special Christmas gifts, as well as some children’s rides.
The market will be open from 10 am to 5 pm.
“The Festivities committee have been working hard to arrange the event and we’re delighted that the Lions have joined forces with us to make it an even more special day,” said Mayor of Tenby, Cllr. Morgan.
“Tenby really will be the place to be to start this Christmas season off!”