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Merlin magic for Christmas lights
Colin Morgan as Merlin
Colin Morgan stars as Merlin in the BBC TV series

Stars of the BBC Wales drama series Merlin have been summoned to switch on Cardiff's Christmas lights.

Anthony Head, who plays King Uther, and Colin Morgan - the young Merlin - will lead proceedings at the Civic Centre on Thursday 12 November.

Bradley James (Arthur), Angel Coulby (Gwen) and Katie McGrath (Morgana) will also join the festivities.

The event will officially launch the city's annual Winter Wonderland festival which runs until 3 January.

The BBC's adaptation of the much loved tale focuses on Merlin as a young wizard on the cusp of adulthood and his ongoing clashes with a young King Arthur.

Much of the action has been filmed in south Wales at locations including Cosmeston Medieval Village, Wenallt Woods, Forest Fawr and Southerndown.

Winter Wonderland
An open-air ice-rink is built every year outside Cardiff City Hall

Councillor Nigel Howells, Cardiff council executive member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, said: "I am delighted that cast members from the hit series Merlin will use their magic to switch on this year's Christmas lights."

Winter Wonderland's attractions include an open air ice rink, fairground rides, live music and a Calennig festival on New Year's Eve.

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