THE COUNTDOWN to Christmas is officially here – with Penarth town lit up to mark the occasion.

The annual light switch on for the town took place on Sunday, November 20, during a day packed with live music, street theatre and rides – plus stalls offerings crafts, gifts, food, and drink.

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The event had to be put on hold in previous years due to the Covid pandemic but was back with a bang with a flurry of festive fun on Windsor Road and surrounding areas between 3pm and 7pm on the day.

The four-hour event included a packed stage of entertainment with performances from James Williams, Gershwin Quarter, The Rock Choir and Orchestral Beats – with Laura Janes Jones hosting the event.

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PODS also previewed their pantomime The Snow Queen which you can read more about online at

Town Mayor, Laura Rochefort, was “delighted” that the event was able to return packed with family fun including Hijinx Theatre’s Grumpy Unicorns, festive crafts with Eggseeds, wonders from Pedal Emporium, and an abundance of fairground rides.