THE annual Christmas Carnival takes place this Friday and will be spread over two days as Llanelli outdoor market takes on a festive twist.
Fourteen new market stalls full of festive eats, treats and gift ideas will line Stepney Street on Friday from 9am, building up the atmosphere ready for the biggest night of the year. The stalls will remain for Saturday too, giving people plenty of chance to pick up some Christmassy delights.
Entertainment will start in the afternoon with children from Ysgol y Ffwrnes singing in Stepney Square.
Street entertainment and fairground rides will begin at 4pm with live stage acts starting at 5.30pm. Teri Dean will compere the evening, with performances by singers Neil Peters, Rebecca Gay, Jasmine, and John Baker.
The carnival procession will leave Festival fields at 6.15pm, arriving in town shortly after the Christmas lights switch-on at 6.45pm.
The road closure of Station Road and Church Street, Llanelli, from its junction with Murray Street to its junction with Gelli Onn, will start at 5.45pm until 8pm.
This year, for the first time, Gelli Onn will be closed to westbound traffic only, from its junction with Thomas Street.
Fireworks will mark the finale of the entertainment at 7.40pm. The funfair will remain open until 10pm.
9am: Llanelli Outdoor Market situated on Stepney Street
12pm: Cowell Street closed
4pm: Big, small and scary funfair rides open with lots of side stalls plus selection of hot and cold refreshments (kindly supported by South Wales Showman’s Guild). Street entertainment (various locations)
4.15pm: Visit Santa in his Christmas Grotto at Llanelli Library
5.30pm: Live entertainment and music begins including Jasmine from the X Factor and local acts Neil Peters, Rebecca Gay and John Baker with compére Terri Dean. (Main Stage, Spring Garden)
5.45pm: Road closures in place for Church Street and side streets
6.15pm: Carnival parade leaves Festival Fields, Sandy Road*
6.40pm: Presentation to Christmas lights design winners (Main Stage). Kindly supported by Llanelli Chamber of Trade and Llanelli BID
6.45pm: Christmas lights switch-on by the Mayor of Llanelli Town Council, the Chair of Llanelli Rural Council and the Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council
7pm: Arrival of carnival parade in Town Hall area*. Kindly organised by Llanelli Round Table
7.40pm: Spectacular Firework Display ** (Town Hall Gardens)
8.15pm: Carnival parade prize presentation (Main Stage)
10pm: Fun fair closes
*Please note all times and activities are subject to change. Road closures will start to take effect from 12noon, effecting town centre to traffic until around 8pm.
** Timings subject to change due to Carnival Parade
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