Carmarthen lights switch-on wows the crowds

Carmarthen officially switched on their Christmas lights on Saturday (Nov 18).

Crowds packed into the town centre to enjoy the festivities including a Samba Band, Carmarthen Rock Choir, Cor Sir Gar, Forge Drama Group and the

Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band.

Most performed on a large covered stage in the Guildhall Square. There were plenty of seats for those who needed them. Although there were intermittent showers people stayed out and enjoyed the performances.

The cast of Cinderella from Bow Productions were also roaming around the town in costume, Oh Yes They Were.

Forge Drama group stole the show with their performances of Annie and Oliver. The children were dressed in Christmas outfits and sand and danced entertaining a large crowd, possibly consisting of proud parents and grandparents.

The Mayor of Carmarthen Cllr Wyn Thomas along with the Mayoress Sylvia Jenkins flicked the switch at 4.30 with a fireworks display illuminating the sky over Carmarthen Castle at 5pm.

Families enjoyed the day and shops were busier than ever. Cllr Thomas said it was wonderful to see the town so busy and that there wasn’t a single parking space left to be had.


“I hope this kind of crowd continues right up until Christmas”, he said.


There was a huge Christmas Tree centre stage in Guildhall Square with an illuminated Nativity scene on the balcony of the old courthouse.

As well as a fairground ride there were market stalls selling food and Christmas goodies.

As night fell the streets of Carmarthen Town looked splendid with all the Christmas lights twinkling away.

The event takes a huge amount of organisation with stewards form Carmarthenshire Town Council on hand to ensure all went well.

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