LLANDUDNO’s Christmas celebrations kicked off with the Santa parade and entertainment outside the town hall, before the town was lit up.

The festivities started early last Saturday afternoon with the Llandudno Town Band, music from St. David’s College, the Tenovus Choir, Disney Princesses and the Batala Bermo Samba Band performing outside the town hall. The choir sang carols with the public joining in. Father Christmas arrived at the railway station at 4.00pm and lead the parade from the station up Vaughan Street to Mostyn Street, and then into Lloyd Street, down Madoc Street, Augusta Street and back to the Station.

Mayor of Llandudno, cllr David Hawkins said: “It was a really good event, a fun event.

"Everyone I’ve spoken to was overjoyed and said it was a wonderful spectacle and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, especially the children. This year, for the first time we had a stage, borrowed from Venue Cymru, erected in front of the town hall for entertainment we had arranged. The crowds really enjoyed this. It was a great success and I’m sure we will want to repeat it in the future.

"All the performers excelled themselves and really rose to the occasion, that's not only my view, but my judgement based on how the crowds responded. I think everyone there had a great time. For my part I thought the Disney characters impressed especially. The idea to have them was inspirational and it is something we should repeat. I walked in the parade and as far as I could see there were plenty people enjoying themselves all along the route. Llandudno's Miss Alice, Carys Lambe, walked alongside me and the Mayoress ,and she loved it. Then we had a countdown to turn the lights on."