Last night I went down with Rhiannon to the streets next to City Hall to watch the Christmas Lights Switch On. After last year's event it seemed a bit low key and quiet. Well, I am comparing it to this video of the switch on being performed by Gavin & Stacey's Nessa and Bryn. Thanks Kaciemorgan99:
Instead, we had jazz-laden Christmas tunes from the Red Hot Santas: Rhiannon and I sang along to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Then we had the joy of sing-a-long with Barney the Purple Dinosaur, with the lights being turned on by the embarrassed-looking cast from BBC Wales' TV show Merlin. The small crowd around the stage screamed the most for Barney - and then all sang "if you're happy and you know it, clap your hands".
(Barney on stage)
It was quite a bizzare evening's entertainment, capped off with a few really lovely cups of mulled wine and a plate of undercooked chips and beans.
We are saving the toffee apples for when we manage to get on the "John Lewis Wheel" as the Cardiff-Eye is termed. Plans are to go next week! Oh and the Ice Rink area is called the "BmiBaby Cardiff Winterwonderland". The poor Red Dragon FM presenters had to say these mouthful things ad-nauseum every 5 minutes. So why was the evening so..."flat" and unchristmassy? Maybe the event was soured by the centering on the sponsorship-name-calling? Did we really have the same great family entertainment, as seemed to happen last year? I don't know. Maybe I would have felt better if the mulled wine had been made available to buy before and during the event? Was anyone else there to comment?