Twinkling lights, rousing live music and a sea of jewel-tone clad revellers: these are some freeze-frames of the 2017 Mermaids Christmas Ball. Rarely an event that disappoints, this year was no exception as Kinkell Byre was transformed into a Fairytale of New York. Unlike previous years’ themes this year was not modelled after a film, the committee choosing instead to create a glitzy winter wonderland complete with motifs of the city decorating the space. The New York skyline adorned one wall and recognisable street signs dotted the venue, with miles of fairy lights interwoven between.
On offer for guests were holiday-themed drinks at the pre-event and chocolate fountains, a glass of prosecco and Jannetta’s ice cream upon entry to the ball. Once inside, everything seemed to melt into a whirlwind of chaos, but the good kind that can only be characterised as true to the New York vibe. I don’t remember much—probably due to the considerable amount of prosecco that was consumed at pre’s (oops)—but the flashes of merriment and carefree dancing that I can recall signify that a fantastic time was had. One particular band left an impression with their spectacular rendition of ‘Valerie’ that had everyone belting out the words with a level of enthusiasm that seems difficult to find at any other St Andrews event.
One thing I have learned, having attended Christmas Ball three years in a row, is that the high-octane energy that pervades the crowd is what makes Christmas Ball so fun. Christmas Ball is a chance for everyone to escape the anxieties and stresses of exam season with an evening of carousing and some trademark-St Andrean civilised debauchery. This year’s event was a seamless presentation of Christmas in New York, and Mermaids deserve a well-earned pat on the back for another successful ball.
Photos by Anna Dunlop, Anastasia Rak and Ula Rustamova courtesy of Lightbox St Andrews.