Covent Garden Christmas Tree Lighting (and best celebrity story EVER!)
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November 16th, 2006 – by: Maureenie
We spent a lot of time rummaging through the food stalls for free samples because there were booths with foods from all over England, and some from all over Europe... breads, chocolate, fancy oils, sausage, and lots and lots of cheese. It was really cold outside, but there were still loads of people. You could tell that everyone you saw was already Christmas shopping, and they were all so happy!
Before the lighting, they had a bunch of performances. There were little kids singing Christmas songs, which reminded me of my own younger days, and the Pineapple Dance Studio's performing arts school did some dances, and they even had some of the people from Chicago and The Lion King on the West End do some numbers from the shows (not impressive, actually.
Alright... here's where I get a little too excited, even just typing this out... they kept saying they were going to have a special guest celebrity to come out and turn on the switch to light the tree... after a while they started saying that this person was going to come out and sing a few songs.... Obviously, we and everyone else had no clue who it was. Ok, get this... we're standing there, hoping it will be someone cool, and they bring out.... EMMA BUNTON from the SPICE GIRLS! OH MY GOD. I payed $75 to see them from really far away almost ten years ago, and now I'm seeing her really close for FREE. Ok, probably 95% of you reading this will not understand why I would be so excited that Baby Spice from the Spice Girls was, like, 20 feet away from me, but, basically, I was really, really into the Spice Girls when I was, like 11 and 12 (you know how it is), and she was my favorite, and is probably part of the reason I got up enough confidence to start doing theater and singing more.
Oh, and then we went to go get Mexican food at that place I found a while ago. How else could I top an already awesome night? It was completely legit. Sure, slightly expensive, but thoroughly satisfying, and good service. I'm definitely going back. It tasted so much like home.
If nothing else cool happens in London while I'm here, I will be alright, because that was quite possibly the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me.
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