For many, the Christmas lights in the town centres mark the start of the festive season – a reminder of the fun and the celebrations to come.
They also provide a blanket of warm light as they navigate the shops for unique gifts.
For one young girl from Warwick, there was one light in particular that stood out from the thousands shining brightly in the town.
Last year, Flo and her Mum would drive through the town on their way home admiring the lights. At the junction of The Butts and Smith Street where the Eastgate stands, a little Santa light caught Flo’s eye. Every evening she’d point it out to her Mum, one amongst many that became her own special light.
This year as they admired the lights being put up ahead of the Victorian Evening switch-on, Flo noticed that the little Santa was no longer there. Searching the other lights in the town, they soon realised that Santa was missing.
Flo’s mother Emma wrote to Warwick Town Council to enquire about the small Santa light, and with some digging the team were able to install a brand-new replica Santa light in the same place.
Captivated by her story and seeing how magical the Christmas lights were to her, the Town Council invited Flo and her Mum on to the stage at the Warwick Victorian Evening to switch the lights on with the Mayor of Warwick, Councillor Parminder Singh Birdi, and Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Lewis Williams.
Councillor Liam Bartlett, Portfolio Holder for Arts and Economy, said: “The Christmas lights are an important part of supporting our town centres during the busy Christmas period, but Flo’s story just proves how magical and captivating they are for young children.
“We hope that Flo is enjoying the new Santa light and is still driving past, every night, pointing to her light.”