The world over is gearing up and getting ready for the seasonal festivities. You’ll all be thrilled to hear that there are only 4 more Mondays before Christmas! But, before you drop your phone or abandon your screens to head into the city for a shopping frenzy, wait!
It might not be the festive dream of Christmases past. If you are a long time Leicester resident, I’m sure you visit the town centre at this time of year. A nativity, character displays, delightful lights and a magnificent Christmas tree is what we are all used to.
But wait, what Grinch has stumbled into our city this year? Extra heavy tinsel, you say?
This Christmas, the Leicester decorations have come under major fire, from locals, national companies and even some celebrities on Twitter have had their say! Many opinions are that the Christmas decorations are inadequate, more so than ever before! The tree has been branded ‘vile’ and ‘a joke’ by residents. It’s come as a disappointment to many. The Christmas spirit has been somewhat dampened, or so we’ve heard.
To clear up any confusion, we headed out into the city to ask shoppers what they make of it. Here’s what we found out!
There you have it, not everybody is all doom and gloom! We were pleasantly surprised to find that easily more than half the people we talked to were absolutely fine with the tree! That being said, those who did dislike it were definitely very, uh… passionate!
For us, walking around the city as the night set in, it was a little deflating to see the lights and tree and decorations. Usually at the town hall there are two huge character scenes set up as well as the lights and nativity barn. This year we have a generic 12 Days of Christmas scene (we mean really, no Peppa Pig, no Thomas the Tank Engine?) and a nativity barn shoe-horned into the underwhelming display of tiny fir trees.
Given that so much of the city has benefitted from things such as Leicester City’s football miracle of reaching the Champions League, many people expect more from the powers that be! What’s the point in a city making history like never before, if we can’t reap the benefits of all that extra revenue at times like this.
We don’t know if Scrooge is responsible for this slightly disappointing Christmas display in the city this year… But we’ve only got one thing to say…
Until next time…