Holidays Are Coming

It’s official: Christmas is here! Last night, Tas and I went into town to watch the lights being turned on and generally soak up some Christmas-sy atmosphere.

We were serenaded by a brass band outside (where else) John Lewis – I don’t think there’s anything that makes me feel Christmassier than a good brass band!

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Then we came across what is obviously another Christmas staple – a hotpanted Segway rider.

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The crowds were enormous, especially around Princesshay Square, so Tas and I made our way down the high street towards the Guild Hall.

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After a very dramatic countdown courtesy of Radio Exe, the lights in the little square were turned on with a flourish.

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And we continued on our way exploring. The Exeter Street Food Market had set up camp alongside Santa’s grotto, making me immediately regret already having eaten!

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We saved the best till last, though, and our final stop was Cathedral Green for the newly-opened Christmas Market.

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It was too busy to get a proper look at anything but I absolutely can’t wait to go back and visit properly (and I’ll do a proper post on it then too!). I couldn’t declare it Christmas until I’d had a suitably seasonal drink though, so we paid a visit to the packed bar. After many minutes deliberating between spiced apple juice and mulled wine, I went for the latter – the smell was just too tempting!

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After a bit more wandering and much admiring of all the furry headbands and Christmas jumpers on offer, we made our way back up the newly-lit-up high street and headed home feeling suitably Christmassy.

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How many days till I can watch Love Actually?

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