Sunday, 24 November 2013

Brixham Christmas Lights

What a great evening it was, lovely clear crisp and dry weather and crowds of people at the Christmas Market, lights switch on and fireworks display.


We went to the Brixham Deli (below) to warm up and after a lovely hot chocolate and a glass of mulled wine or two we were ready to go out into the cold to see the lights and the fireworks with a very warm feeling inside.


Here is Brixham looking very festive and jam packed with people




 The Golden Hind all lit up


 Looking across the inner harbour to the Fish Market
 

Crowds waiting for the lights and fireworks
 

A lovely shop window along The Quay
 

My first and very best attempt at firework photography






More pretty Christmas lights

 I do love these boats






and what has to be the saddest looking tree I've seen so far-honestly close up it's a bit miserable!


The lantern procession was not at all easy to capture, so I'll try again at Dartmouth. Brixhams Christmas market was heaving and you could barely move never mind get the camera out. I bought a leather hat and hubby bought some great leather gloves and there were some pretty stalls. I hope my night time photos have come out ok, I used manual to get the right light and speed. It's very hard not to get camera shake and noise!
 
I hope I've left you all feeling sufficiently Christmassy.
SeagullSuzie

19 comments:

  1. Ah, it's such a lovely time of year isn't it? Great photos- fireworks came out brilliantly, well done :-)

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    1. Thanks CT, it was a great success this year, as last year was rained off. So good to see Brixham packed with people enjoying themselves and all the pubs and cafes were very busy.

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  2. Oooo! Lovely! Your photos are excellent. Pity about the sad Christmas tree!!!! Looking forward to my trip to Dartmouth with you, have got my coat ready!!!!

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    1. Don't forget your hat and gloves too!
      I think white lights would be better on the tree as it's over on the marina side where it's quite dark. I read up on taking night photos before hand and had a few attempts at the settings, getting just black images at first. On the whole I'm pleased and at least they show the event quite well I think.

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  3. Lovely pics and Christmas decorations :-) They certainly do Christmas justice down there in Brixham !

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    1. Thanks David-after a few years of moaning about the lights, people have grouped together and worked very hard to get much better lights. As you approach Brixham via New Road there are solar powered Christmas trees all along the way that twinkle very nicely.

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  4. Lovely to see Brixham looking so festive already! I love the ships, the crab light and the fireworks it must be have a great start to your Christmas preparations.
    Sarah

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    1. Oh I feel so Christmassy already Sarah. I love the ships too-they were new last year and so appropriate for the port. I also love how other boats join in with lighting their masts in the marina and harbour, it looks so pretty.

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  5. Poor blue tree! Really lovely pictures....I'm getting in the Christmas mood.............I think.

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    1. Thanks Em, it was a good practice run with the camera for Dartmouth. I can't get over how sad the tree is! I hope you are feeling jolly, especially with your new VW coming soon. Does Chagford do anything for Christmas to get you started-I've just checked the website and there's a hog roast and late night shopping event in a couple of weeks-sounds lovely.

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  6. Beautifully christmassy! We don't have anything like that were I live, so it is lovely to see on your blog. That christmas tree does look a little downhearted! Perhaps someone will pep it up with some seasonal cheer! xx

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    1. I hope so Amy-just some more lights in white would do it, I think. Oh we have loads going on here-more is done to keep the towns alive out of the tourist season. Obviously to extend the spending for the businesses-it's a tough economy here and Jan-March is so quiet.
      The steam trains have Santa by Steam and Santa Express, take a look here http://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/days-out/santa-and-winter-201314-services

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  7. Lovely photos - you did really well to get such great shots. Brixham looks just beautiful and so so Christmassy - thanks so much for sharing :) Looking forward to Dartmouth :)

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    1. Thanks very much I'm glad it shows how festive it looks. Yes can't wait for the Dartmouth event. If I get over to the Dartington Cider Press Shops for the Christmas Fair and late night shopping I'm sure it will be beautiful, I don't think I've been since I started the blog-it's such a pretty place to visit.

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  8. Terrific photos. You've really captured the Christmas spirit in Brixham! A pretty harbour town like yours is the perfect place to have celebrations like this and I'm glad you had such a great evening there.

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    1. Thank you Wendy, it was a lovely friendly event, so many families out enjoying themselves, roads closed and very safe. The lantern walk was lovely-full of children from the schools with home made lanterns of all shapes and sizes made from recycled materials (as that was the theme). The market was indoors in the Scala Hall (a very uninspiring building) but the stalls were great and it was packed out-so not great for photos.

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  9. I'm feeling very festive after this post! I'm pleased you managed to indulge in a bit of retail therapy as well as all the photography and mulled wine. It looks like there was a great atmosphere.

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    1. I heard my first Christmas song on the radio this morning, and my keep fit instructor said last night in 4 weeks time it'll be boxing day!
      It was a lovely evening out in Brixham, a great success I think.

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  10. Lovely Christmassy festive photos! Brixham certainly looks lovely with all those lights!

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