Llandudno’s first Christmas Extravaganza hailed a great success as event attracts 30,000

ABOUT 30,000 people turned out for Llandudno’s first Christmas Extravaganza.

The free event was held over four days.

Billed to be one of the biggest events in North Wales’ social calendar for the festive season, the spectacular event certainly didn’t disappoint.

With stalls galore, foodie treats, rides, entertainment, decorated igloos, Mr and Mrs Claus and more – the high-spirited extravaganza turned out to be the event the town had been missing.

Chris Williams, chairman and director of Llandudno Victorian Extravaganza Ltd Co, told the Pioneer: “I feel quite emotional for lots of reasons.

“We took this event on knowing it was going to be a challenge especially after the tough time many have endured over the last couple of years. At stages it looked like we wouldn’t achieve what we set out to do, however we persevered and created a Christmas event that I hope the town of Llandudno can be proud of.

Guests could hire an igloo. Picture: Llandudno Christmas Extravaganza?

Guests could hire an igloo. Picture: Llandudno Christmas Extravaganza?

“Over the course of the event we saw families enjoying themselves, friends meeting up and taking in the great atmosphere and people who probably didn’t know each other dancing and singing together to the sound of the Ommph Stompers.”

Chris added: “This wasn’t a Christmas market it was a Christmas Extravaganza which is exactly what we wanted.

“Our team worked tirelessly to ensure everyone had a great time and we are truly thankful for all of the support.

“This event was for Llandudno. I know it had many teething problems but we have taken everything on board and our small team will work tirelessly to make any improvements needed to try and satisfy the many different needs of the residents and businesses.

“I’m proud of our efforts and everyone involved can hold their head high because so many people were able to enjoy the fruits of their labour.”

Rides were in place for thrill-seekers. Picture: Suzanne Kendrick

Rides were in place for thrill-seekers. Picture: Suzanne Kendrick

Chris was delighted that the event welcomed about 30,000 over four days.

His personal highlights included the entertainment and two traction engines.

“We have plans to make it even better next year and having more time to plan will only improve it,” Chris said.

“It will always be free to enter under my management but the question is… does Llandudno want to see it again?”

The joyous event was opened on the Thursday by Ysgol Morfa Rhianedd Choir.

Other performers who took to the stage, over the four day period, included Rafael Pianist, the Maelgwyn Male Voice Choir, Neil and Shereen Acoustic Band, Chris Williams Magic Show, Llandudno Silhouettes Morris Dancers, North Wales Rock Choir Flash Mob, Cambria Band, The Quaynotes Jazz band and Lydia Tunstall.

Dr Diablo also attended and brought thrills and spills of the Circus to the Christmas cracker.

German sausages were a hit. Picture: Suzanne Kendrick

German sausages were a hit. Picture: Suzanne Kendrick

“Astounding and dangerous acts” were performed live including the Human Blockhead, Challenge Straitjacket Escape, the Pain-Proof Man and Spectacular Fire.

Residents and visitors also enjoyed a screening of two Christmas films – Polar Express and Home Alone 2.

The November Fest was a big hit. The evening German Extravaganza featured German beer, German sausages as well as the Oompah Stompers.

Rides on Trinity Square included the Sizzler and Miami Trip. There was also a Snowman Ride experience.

Maelgwn Male Voice Choir on stage. Picture: Suzanne Kendrick

Maelgwn Male Voice Choir on stage. Picture: Suzanne Kendrick

Magic Light Productions concluded the entertainment on the Sunday. The show on the main stage featured magic, illusion and Timmy the Toucan

Dates have been pencilled in for the next Christmas Extravaganza. This is set to be on November 17, 18, 19 and 20 of November 2022.

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno