Clarendon Park Christmas Fair #throwback
This is the first time I'd been to a Clarendon Park Christmas Fair, (which is really silly considering
I've lived in Leicester my entire life.) I pulled my Dad and Sister along with me to go browsing. With me,I'm not much of a shopper, but I enjoy the opportunity to try out something new! Why not take up this opportunity? It was a free weekend, and something to do :)
What was so charming about this fair is that all the businesses were local, and the talent splayed out in the form of handmade cards, or knitted scarves really made me proud to be from Leicester. You could really sense the hard work that had gone into making these goods, as a family stood beaming behind their stalls, smiling with pride at their efforts. As I enjoyed peeling open hot roasted chestnuts, it was a festive treat to listen to some carol singers singing 'Silent Night' as the local community went about with their Christmas shopping.
The smell of hot sugary doughnuts in the cold winter air. The taste of homemade dark chocolate. The bright lights from the teacups ride flashing cheerily. Children giggling (and nagging) their parents; 'Can we pleeeease go inside that shop?' The laughter of uni friends having met after studying.
It was also touching to see that the fair captured the true charm of Leicester. Its multiculturalism. Even though this was a Christmas Fair, I didn't just see predominantly just the White or Christian community enjoying it. There was a whole mix of cultures and religions properly enjoying the market; a reflection of what Leicester is all about. And it very much reminded me of the Diwali Lights Switch On because everyone had descended to enjoy the festivities together.
Will I be returning again? Yes I will. Only this time I'll be attending a LOT earlier...and will try and bag myself something from one of the local businesses.
I hope you had a lovely time with your family, whatever you did :)
Have you read my Beauty and the Beast Review yet? You can find the De Montfort Hall treat here.