Anyone who knows me knows I need a fair bit of encouragement when it comes to that festive feeling. However, there are so many brilliant events on in my region over the holiday period that even I can't help but get involved... Well, OK, maybe not me, but certainly other, more sociable people. Yes, I'm looking at you.
|tasty AND festive...my kind of Santa.|
Aberystwyth Arts Centre:
Should you be lucky enough to be out and about in the Aber area over this weekend, take your little ones along to the wonderful Arts Centre for a viewing of The Muppets Christmas Carol at 2:30pm on Saturday 19th. OR, if they're a bit older or you are, like me, without children but still a lover of anything childish - go along anyway! You don't actually need children to get in, which always saves me from having to borrow some.
From Friday 18th until Wednesday 23rd Dec, the Arts Centre Youth and Community Theatre will be performing 'The Night Before Christmas'. The show is full of family fun, with lots of singing and Christmas cheer to melt even the frostiest heart.
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway:
The Santa Trains (how amazing does that sound??) will be choo-chooing away from Porthmadog on their way to Tan Y Bwlch on Sat 19th and Sun 20th December and between Caernarfon and Waunfawr on 19th-20th and 22nd-23rd December. Santa will almost definitely be on the train, as I'm fairly certain he must qualify for a free rail pass by now. His little helpers will also be on board, although they have to pay the child rate. Don't feel too bad for them, though. They love it.
Further information can be found HERE.
|these are scary, no?|
If you'd rather find a seat that won't move you to another town, head up to Llandudno and let yourself be entertained by Strictly star Robin Windsor and Llandudno native John Evans as they lead you through the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. There are so many performances to choose from, so check them out HERE.
If you live in and around Wrexham (or even if you don't and fancy going anyway), you and your little angels can hit up the museum on the run up to the big day and get involve in Christmas Crafts, Messy Museum, Short Stories for the Shortest Day, Santa's Grotto, or the fabulous sounding Dylan Thomas' 'A Child's Christmas in Wales'.
Details of all events and associated prices can be found on Wrexham Council's very helpful Christmas website.
|Christmas is all about over eating...might as well just run with it.|
If pantos and kiddie events aren't really your bag, you could always pick up some last minute treats and gifts at Dol's Farmers Market on Sunday 20th Dec, or the regular Thursday market, being held on Christmas Eve.
If the markets are half as good as the local stores throughout the town, you're sure to find something for everyone. Further details can be found HERE.
Bodnant Garden, Conwy:
Head on up to the gorgeous Bodnant Gardens as they host their Elves Workshop on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th December from 11am-3pm. You can design and produce your own tree decorations and indulge in some toasty marshmallows straight from the fire.
For further info, simply press HERE and, like magic, another page will appear....
|I hope this has shoes in it...|
Penryhn Castle, Bangor:
Although the Castle is closed for the season, it is open to play host to Winter Weekend house tours. If you've ever wondered just what happens to National Trust properties, such as Penryhn, during their off season and where they put all their stuff, this is the tour for you.
Until researching the event, what happens during off season never entered my head, but now I'm totally wondering if someone spends days wrapping everything in bubble wrap and puts it in big cardboard boxes. I imagine it's a bit more professional than that. If you pop along, come back and let me know, yeah? Thanks.
Parc Chapel, Bala:
If all that isn't enough to get your festive juices flowing, there's a wonderful Welsh language carol concert being held on Sunday 20th December at Parc Chapel. In addition to listening to your favourite carols, the evening will also be raising money for Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, who support farming families in need.
Further details of this, and other, events can be found HERE.
Whatever you choose to do over the holidays, have a very Merry Christmas!!