Those that took part and helped organise Tenby’s ‘Christmas cracker’ of a day on the weekend, to mark the start of the festive season in the seaside town, have been thanked by the Town Council.

“Tenby Town Council would like to thank all those involved in making Saturday's Christmas lights switch-on such a resounding success!” they stated.

Christmas switch-on Tenby 2023
(Pic. Gareth Davies Photpgraphy)

“Particular thanks go to - Steve Briers, Tenby and District Lions, Kelly Williams School of Dance, The Salvation Army band, Tenby Friendship Group Community Singers, Sam Skyrme-Blackhall, Tenby RNLI, Tenby Coastguard, Tenby Firefighters, The De Valence Pavilion, Lesley Fisher and Eric Vickery, Rhys and Adam of Smart Gardens, Shelley Webb, Phil Percival, Simon Asprey and all those others who helped in any way on the day.

“It really showed how the community of Tenby can all work together to create such a special day,” added a spokesperson for the Town Council.

Santa arrived in Tenby via lifeboat from a secret location out to sea to switch-on the festive lights on Saturday, with a fabulous festive atmosphere to welcome him!

Christmas Tenby 2023
(Pic. Gareth Davies Photography)

There was plenty of festive fun as the town’s Christmas Festivities committee, Tenby RNLI, Tenby Firefighters, and Tenby Coastguard joined forces to ‘launch’ the start of the Yuletide season in the seaside resort once again.

The festive fun started at around 1 pm with local DJ Steve Briers on hand throughout the afternoon to keep the Christmas atmosphere swinging with plenty of festive, chart and popular music favourites.

There were also 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.

Santa and Mayor Tenby
(Pic. Gareth Davies Photography)

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, set off down to Castle Hill with Tenby RNLI launching the all-weather lifeboat, the Haydn Miller to collect Father Christmas from a secret location out at sea.

Tenby Christmas tree 2023
(Pic. Gareth Davies Photography)

Once safely ashore, Father Christmas and the Mayor joined Tenby Coastguard and RNLI crew members for a ‘blue light’ parade through a festive flurry of snow from the roof of Tenby House Hotel to turn on the lights on the town Christmas Tree in the grounds of St Mary’s Church.