Portsmouth Disney fans' dreams come true at Christmas princess party at South Parade Pier

YOUNG Disney fans' dreams came to life at a Christmas party hosted by princesses.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 5:29 pm
Updated Monday, 30th December 2019, 6:19 pm
The princesses in costume at the Annual Princess Christmas Ball at the Gaiety bar, on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-2)

Actors donned costumes to look like stars from the film giant’s famous fairy tales at the Annual Princess Christmas Ball at the Gaiety Bar, in Southsea, on Sunday.

The spellbinding soiree was organised by Portsmouth Party Hire and Events and has been a Christmas tradition since it started five years ago.

Characters dressed in the style of Cinderella, Moana, Sleeping Beauty and Elsa and Anna, from Frozen, and welcomed more than 140 visitors.

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Little princesses from across the Portsmouth area enjoy the Annual Princess Christmas Ball held inside the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-17)

At least 75 of them, said organiser Lauren Barnard, were youngsters eagerly queuing to meet their heroes.

‘The little girls absolutely loved it and it’s an event that’s getting bigger and better every year,' the 34-year-old said.

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‘Lots of them found it magical and overwhelming and even the most outgoing girls were speechless when they thought they were actually meeting the real princesses.’

Youngsters at the Annual Princess Christmas Ball at the Gaiety bar, on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-3)

Some young partygoers embraced the theme by dressing up as princesses themselves – a touch that tugged at parents' heartstrings.

Lauren said: ‘You could see some mums getting quite emotional as their little ones got to meet the princesses. It was lovely.’

Proceeds from the event’s raffle will be counted and donated to the children's Shipwreck Ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Little princesses from across the Portsmouth area taking part in the Annual Princess Christmas Ball inside the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-21)
Little princesses from across the Portsmouth area enjoy the Annual Princess Christmas Ball held inside the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-18)
Princess Kate Smith with youngsters at the Annual Princess Christmas Ball at the Gaiety bar, on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-9)
Little princesses from across the Portsmouth area enjoy the Annual Princess Christmas Ball held inside the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-14)
Little Princesses from across the Portsmouth area taking part in the Annual Princess Christmas Ball inside the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-11)
Little Princesses from across the Portsmouth taking part in the Annual Princess Christmas Ball inside the Gaiety Bar on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-10)
Princess Kate Smith with adoring fans at the Annual Princess Christmas Ball at the Gaiety bar, on South Parade Pier. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (291219-5)