Family Time Christmas Light Switch On

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


This evening we had a rare bit of quality family time at Coventry's annual Christmas light switch on. Year after year everyone flocks to the city centre to watch a forgotten reality tv star headline the big switch on. It sounds awful but is usually great fun.


I haven't been in years but with lots of entertainment offered beforehand in the local shopping centre we decided the kids would love a special evening out. I have to say the shopping centre was a nightmare to say the least. We waited over half an hour to find a seat to get some food and about the same time to get served a mcdonalds. Thankfully by the time we had eaten the queues to the activities were much shorter. We also got to see the mini switch on as we got a really good table so the kids were happy. The kids had balloon swords made by a man making balloon models. They got to meet Olaf which they were very excited about! Zach was too scared to go up close to him but Gracie enjoyed lots of cuddles. There were Disney Princesses available to meet unfortunately they all stood together and the queue to have a photo with them looked hours long. They didn't look the happiest of princesses though so glad we didn't wait around. 

Instead we walked to the centre of town for the big switch on. A local band performed on the stage and Santa made an entrance by climbing down the side of a building. Then was the big switch on, Andy held Zach while I held Gracie so they could see what was going on. They joined in with the big countdown and the expressions on their faces when the lights went on were priceless! It was an amazing moment that bought a huge smile to my face, I love to see them so happy and it's made me so excited for the Christmas build up this year. We left swiftly after to avoid the exclusive performance of Union J, yeah who? 

We were hoping to have caught Santa in his grotto before the night was over but he was very busy so that's our plan for our next family day! 

Do you have any fun family activities planned over Christmas?

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