We’re nearing the end of November, can you believe it?
I know that I always seem to start my posts with something similar, but it genuinely continues to baffle me how quickly time seems to be flying. Relevantly, I’m aware that I’ve been treating this blog with some fun academic tidbits, so today I thought I’d talk about something different! Although it still feels like a while yet, Christmas is fully in vogue at Leicester! Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending a very spirited, fun and extremely cold Christmas Lights switch on!
Coming from a small town, I definitely hadn’t had the experience of attending a similar event before so I made an effort to attend last year. This year, the event was organised similarly, with music blasting from a stage and balloons bobbing around everywhere. My highlight was definitely the music. There is something undeniably warming about Christmas songs (no matter how prematurely it might be played) and it actually surprised me how much of ‘Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You’ I knew off by heart!
Another musical highlight was the Curve’s cast of Grease performing some tracks from their upcoming run! Although I have yet to write you a blog post about it, I adore musicals and I definitely wasn’t surprised by how much of Grease Lightning I remembered straight from memory.
The event really culminated in the switch on of the lights themselves. There was something thrilling about hearing people count down, watching the dimmed light bulbs eagerly, and the shared ‘ooh’ as the lights were illuminated and the colours lit up the High Street. Also, when they were switched on, the crowd sang along to ‘Snow is Falling’ which was sweet. Especially after looking around and seeing all the children singing along too!
Another fun thing that I noticed whilst I was there was how differently people reacted to the entire experience. Some people couldn’t stop dancing, others looked like they couldn’t wait to get home to have dinner. I am definitely more towards the former. But I genuinely think that anyone who took the time to see it probably returned home happy that they went. Having gone two years in a row, I genuinely can’t think of a better way to start the Christmas countdown and also see the transformation of the city centre as it prepares for an unbelievably busy period.
Anyway, I’ll leave you all with a Christmas song to fit the theme of this week’s blog. Did you go the switch-on? Or maybe you’d like to share your favourite Christmas song! Feel free to let me know below as I’m definitely ready to make my holiday playlist.