THERE are a huge number of family-friendly and children’s events organised in Llanelli, Carmarthen and across Carmarthenshire this Christmas. From feeding the ducks with Santa Claus and visiting his grotto, to watching the Christmas lights being switched-on, there won’t be a dull moment.
Here’s a round-up of Christmas events taking place through the end of November and December 2016 – listed under carnivals, parades and lights switch-ons, where to meet Father Christmas, film and theatre, and shopping events. More events will be added as they are announced, so pop back to check any updates!
CARNIVALS, PARADES AND LIGHTS SWITCH-ONS
Llanelli Christmas carnival and lights switch-on:
Friday, November 18, 4pm-9pm
Entertainment will start at Spring Gardens at 4pm, with a Christmas carnival parade leaving the Festival Fields before a spectacular fireworks display. The event will also see the Christmas lights switched on.
Carmarthen Christmas lights switch-on:
Friday, November 18 from 6pm.
There will be entertainment in the Guildhall Square from 6pm, with the lights switch-on just before 7pm.
Reindeer Day, Carmarthen:
Saturday, November 18, from 10am-12 noon
Meet Santa’s reindeer outside Oriel Myrddin, on Church Lane, where children can drop-in to make antlers to wear for a parade through the town.
Pembrey and Burry Port carnival and Christmas lights switch-on:
Friday, November 25, from 6pm-9pm.
The parade will leave Plas-y-Mor at 6pm. Leading over the co-op bridge to the memorial hall. There will be carol singing and countdown for the Christmas light switch on.
There will be a Christmas fair in the hall where the children can meet Father Christmas in his grotto.
Llanelli Reindeer Parade:
Ymlaen Llanelli is bringing the reindeer parade to Llanelli on Saturday, December 3.
The famous Cairngorm reindeer from the Highlands of Scotland will be towing Santa through town, starting from East Gate at 1pm.
The parade will also feature the City of Swansea pipe band, the Friendship Theatre and also some local mascots including Cyril the Swan.
The festivities will make their way from East Gate to Park Street, Mincing Lane, Bridge Street, Vaughan Street then along Stepney Street to Spring Gardens, where the reindeer will be housed in a pen for everyone to see.
Entertainment will be provided in Spring Gardens by Radio Carmarthenshire with music, competitions and prizes. There will also be children’s rides.
MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS, AND SANTA’S GROTTOS
Father Christmas grottos at Carmarthenshire Libraries:
Friday, November 18 and Saturday, December 17.
Meet Santa Claus at his grotto at Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford libraries. He will be at:
Llanelli Library: 4.15pm-6pm on carnival night, Friday November 18
Carmarthen Library: 10am-12 noon on Saturday, December 17
Ammanford Library: 10.15am-11.45am on Saturday, December 17
Llanelli Rotary Club Santa’s Grotto:
Meet Father Christmas and help raise funds for four local charities. He will be at Tesco in Parc Trostre on Saturday, December 3, 10 and 17, then every day from December 18 to 23.
Santa’s Magical Steam Trains at Gwili Railway, Carmarthen:
Ride the steam train to Santa’s Grotto at Llwyfan Cerrig Station where there will be a heated marquee. Loopy Lews entertainers and Inflatable Fun Wales’s bouncy castle will be there to entertain you before you are taken to visit Santa Claus in his grotto. Santa can speak to his guests in Welsh or English
The Christmas steam train and grotto will be open on Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th, Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd, and Christmas Eve Saturday 24th.
Dec 3&4: Adult £11.50, Child (1 – 15) £9.50, Baby under 1 £5.00.
Dec 10, 11, 17, 18 and 21-23: Adult £12.50, Child (1 – 15) £10.50, Baby under 1 £5.50.
Dec 24: Adult £15.75, Child (1 – 15) £12.75, Baby under 1 £6.50.
Christmas at WWT Penclacwydd, Llanelli:
Feed the ducks with Santa on Sundays from December 4-18 at 2.45pm. Free, but normal admission costs apply.
Visit Santa’s Workshop on Friday, December 16 and Friday, December 23 from 5pm to 6.30pm, where you can make craft creations to decorate your home, have your face painted and take part in festive activities. There will also be a chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a gift.
After this, you’ll have a wonderful chance to join Santa as he warms up for his busiest time of year with a hot chocolate and Christmas treat in the cafe.
Cost: £10 per child (aged 2 and over) 1 adult free per paying child, additional adults £5 (Under 2’s free or £10 if you would like them to receive a gift from Santa). Booking is essential. Call 01554 741087
Afternoon tea with Santa, Thomas Arms Hotel, Llanelli:
Sunday, December 4, at 2pm (sold out) and 5pm
A two-hour tea party including a meet and greet with Father Christmas and his friends, festive music and entertainment, games, and afternoon tea.
Cost: £10 per child, (including a gift from Father Christmas)
Parents go free (maximum two adults per family)
Call 01792 701570 to book
Breakfast with Santa at Play Cwtsh Chwarae, Capel Hendre:
From Saturday, December 17 to Saturday, December 24, 9am-11am
For £8.75 per child (£5.25 with a valid monthly pass), youngsters will have a dinky cwtsh breakfast in the grotto with a visit and gift from Santa. The elves will also be around to provide festive crafts and cookie decorating.
To reserve your space a non refundable deposit of £5.25 is required. Call 01269 505033
FILM AND THEATRE:
Dick Whittington, Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen:
December 9-11, and 13-17
Jermin Productions launches its third pantomime season at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, packed with family fun, catchy songs and slapstick comedy.
Tickets for opening night Friday, December 9 at 7pm and the relaxed performance (with reduced intensity) on Friday, December 16 at 5pm are £10.
Other performances cost: £45 for a family ticket, £14 adult, £12 concession
Cinderella at Miner’s Theatre, Ammanford:
Friday, December 9 at 7.30pm, Saturday, December 10 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm, and Sunday, December 11 at 4.30pm
A joint pantomime production between Ammanford Community Theatre and Theatre Sir Gar.
Santa in Love, Ffwrnes theatre, Llanelli:
Wednesday, December 14 at 4.15pm
Have you ever wondered where the fairy on top of the Christmas tree comes from, or why you never see a Christmas elf, or what exactly happened to Frosty the Snowman? Then join Santa and his friends in this fun filled family musical complete with games, giggles and your favourite Christmas songs, plus meet and receive a gift from Santa.
It’s a Wonderful Life, Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli:
Thursday, December 15, 1.30pm
A special screening of the 1946 Christmas film, complete with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
A Christmas Carol, Ffwrnes theatre, Llanelli
Adapted from the well-loved Charles Dickens Christmas classic, a Christmas Carol follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. Join The Performance Factory on the streets of London and let the Christmas spirit flow.
Wednesday, December 21 at 2pm and 7pm
Thursday, December 22 at 7pm
Friday, December 23 at 2pm and 7pm
Saturday, December 24 at 1pm
Aladdin, The Miners’ Theatre, Ammanford:
December 28 at 1.30pm and 6pm, and December 29 at 10am and 2pm
A pantomime classic by The Panto Company.
SHOPPING AND FESTIVALS
Llandeilo Festival of Senses:
Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 20
A weekend of fun, entertainment and shopping. Santa will be in his Grotto at the Shire Hall, Llandeilo between 11am and 3pm on Saturday. Stalls across the town on King Street, Llandeilo Civic Hall, Horeb Chapel and the Top Car Park will be open from:
Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
A full list of the weekend’s entertainment can be found here
Victorian Christmas Fair, Parc y Bocs, Kidwelly:
Sunday, November 20, from 10am-4pm.
Independent stallholders will showcase locally produced gifts and crafts, and there will also be the opportunity to pre-order hampers and turkeys. There will be a range of takeaway pies, soups and cawl in addition to mince pies, mulled wine and cakes.
Proceeds from stallholder fees and cake sales will go to Cilgerran Children’s Ward at Glangwili Hospital.