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LANTERN PARADE AND CAROL CONCERT Blackwood Town Centre A local band will lead the parade through Blackwood High Street followed by a carol concert with local school choirs and special guests from Blackwood Methodist Church. Free seasonal refreshments will be served following the concert. 6.45pm. Free. Tel: 01495 224636. Email:john.hold1@gmail.com


FRIDAY 5TH


TODDLER DAYS Techniquest, Cardiff Bay Pre-school children have their run of the exhibits with activities on a special ‘Winter Wonderland’ theme. There’ll be drawing and colouring and something to make to take home. Adults £4.80. Techniquest is buggy-friendly, with nappy-changing facilities and lockers. Tel: 029 2047 5475. www.techniquest.org


CARRY ON SCREAMING SCREENING. MY OLD LADY IDA (12A)


Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 11am. Special screening aimed at people with babies under one year old. Free entry for babies. Adults £4 in advance, £4.50 on day. Tel: 029 2030 4400. www.chapter.org


GANDINI JUGGLING: SMASHED.


Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. Weston Studio. 8pm. Tickets £8 - £13. Age guidance: 7+. At the forefront of contemporary circus for over 20 years and having performed in over 40 countries, Gandini Juggling bring their award-winning sensation Smashed to the Weston Studio. A mesmerising mix of circus and theatre, inspired by the work of Pina Bausch. Tel: 029 2063 6464. www.wmc.org.uk


MAESYCWMMER LANTERN PARADE AND FATHER CHRISTMAS Maesycwmmer The parade will leave Maesycwmmer Primary School and proceed to the Community Centre. Free event. 5.15pm. Tel: 029 2088 0011. www.caerphilly.gov.uk/christmas


SATURDAY 6TH


FOREST FARM WILDLIFE WATCH Forest Farm


Be part of a club where you can enjoy fresh air whilst learning about nature? Make friends with other nature detectives and have lots of fun taking part in all sorts of activities. This club is for children aged 8 – 12 years and their families. Most meetings start at the Forest Farm Warden Centre from 10am-12 noon. For a current


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Forest Farm Wildlife Watch programme please email Gareth at gstamp@cardiff. gov.uk or Tel: 07976 132 824. www.cardiff.gov.uk/parks


MEET FATHER CHRISTMAS & FRIENDS


St Fagans National History Museum. 11am (Welsh language on Saturday); 1pm - 2.30pm, 3 - 4.30pm. Enjoy a tea party to remember with Father and Mother Christmas. Listen to stories and if you’re good, they’re sure to give you a gift. Suitable for age 4 - 12. Charge applies. Book in advance on: 029 2023 0130. www.museumwales.ac.uk


WINTER WORKSHOPS Parc All Weather Play, Unit 5 Curran Embankment, Cardiff, CF10 5DX 10am - 5pm. Parc’s workshop opens its doors to help Santa prepare this year. With crafts and present making ideas. Tel: 029 2034 5696 or 077 380 77 810. www.parcplay.com


A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS St Fagans National History Museum


11am - 1pm & 2 - 4pm. Create your own decorations out of recyclable materials. Free. Tel: 0300 111 2 333. www.museumwales.ac.uk


JUNIOR MOVIEMAKER Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 10.30am – 12 noon. For aspiring filmmakers aged 9 - 16. Watch and talk about short films and also screen the films you make. The short films shown at Junior MovieMaker screenings may contain scenes suitable for the BBFC’s PG certificate. Parental guidance advised. £1.50.


PLUS: A TASTE OF SPACE 10am for age 8 - 10; 12 noon. for age 11 - 14. An interactive workshop all about space food! Starting with an introduction to the history of how space food has developed since the early days of space travel looking at the technology involved in preparing food for space. £5 per child. Tel: 029 2030 4400. www.chapter.org


FAMILY FILM: MUPPETS FROM SPACE. (U) Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 11am + 3pm. Gonzo has always been classified as a ‘whatever’, until he is contacted by his estranged alien family through his box of breakfast cereal.Tickets in advance: adults £4, children £3. On day: adults £4.50, children £3.50. Tel: 029 2030 4400. www.chapter.org


FESTIVE FUN DAY


National Waterfront Museum, Swansea 12 - 4pm. An afternoon full of festive cheer featuring the amazing larger than life animatronic penguin family. With children’s activities, a science workshop, carols around the tree and a visit from Santa. Free. Hands on activities for families.


PLUS: STREET SCIENCE: HOW TO MAKE SNOW IN 10 SECONDS 12 – 3.30pm. A quirky look at how things we love about the festive season come to life through science. Age 7 - 12 years. Free. Hands on activities for families.


PLUS: THRIFTY KIDS: REINDEERS 11am. For age 7+. Cut out cardboard shapes from a template and slot them together to make a 3D reindeer head. £2.50 per child. Hands on activities for families. Booking required on: 029 2057 3600. www.museumwales.ac.uk


FIRE & LIGHT


Techniquest Science Theatre, Cardiff Bay


Find out how the fire triangle can help us safely extinguish fires and also make exhilarating science demonstrations. See spontaneously erupting flames, money burning and an amazing tornado of fire. Plus see green, purple and pink flames and learn about the science of fireworks.


PLUS: LIGHTS IN THE SKY Techniquest Planetarium Shooting stars, planets, rainbows and more! Look up into the night sky to explore the many lights that have fascinated humans for centuries. Discover their origins, from nearby satellites to distant stars, and find out which lights in the sky you can see from your own back garden. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights! Suitable for over 7s. Tel: 029 2047 5475. www.techniquest.org


PAWPRINTS IN THE WINTER SKY


Techniquest Planetarium, Cardiff Bay.


Help Izzy take a tour of the night sky as she learns about the animals that you can find amongst the stars. Depending on the season, see what animals you can find. It might be a bull, a lion, a dragon or a winged horse! Suitable for under 7s Tel: 029 2047 5475. www.techniquest.org


RISCA CHRISTMAS MARKET & LANTERN PARADE


Tredegar Park, Risca Town Centre.


The park will come to life with stalls, entertainment, funfair rides and festive music. 12 noon. – 5pm. Free. Tel: 029 2088 0011. www.caerphilly.gov.uk


FESTIVE FILMS


Winding House, New Tredegar. Enjoy a classic Christmas family film to get into the festive spirit! See website for film titles. 2pm. Free. Tel: 01443 822666. www.windinghouse.co.uk


BLACKWOOD CHRISTMAS MARKET


Blackwood Town Centre. See the town come to life with stalls along the High Street, real reindeers, funfair


rides, traditional entertainment, Santa’s grotto and donkeys in the nativity scene. 9am - 5pm. Free. Tel: 029 2088 0011. www.caerphilly.gov.uk


RIVER OF LIGHTS LANTERN WORKSHOPS


Caerphilly Leisure Centre Show off your artistic skills & make your own lantern ready for the parade on the 18th December! 10am – 5pm. Free. Tel: 029 2088 0011. www.caerphilly.gov.uk


FATHER CHRISTMAS AT THE WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE


Meet Santa in his grotto every weekend. Tel: 029 2063 6464.


DECEMBER WEEKENDS WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre 11am - 12 noon. Telescope in the tower: Watch the birds in comfort from a warm heated viewing tower. 1pm Snow goose talk: Meet the guide in the tundra pen for a short talk about snow geese and other Arctic-breeding birds, and help to feed them. Plus Christmas craft workshop. Small charges apply to cover the cost of materials. Plus: Guide in the hide. 2 - 3pm. Tel: 01554 741087. wwt.org.uk


WREATH MAKING WORKSHOPS


WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre 11am - 12 noon and 1 - 4pm. (drop in anytime). Create your own natural wreath with the help of our volunteers, using materials gathered from the wetlands. £4 per wreath. Tel: 01554 741087. www.wwt.org.uk


AFTERNOON TEA WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS ffresh Restaurant, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay 3pm. Adults £12; U12s £8. Start your family festivities with a delicious tea of sandwiches and sweet treats and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Tel: 029 2063 6464. www.wmc.org.uk


DISCOVER FLAT HOLM Take a scenic boat trip, explore the Island’s ‘festive treasure trail,’ and enjoy minced pies and mulled wine in the cosy pub. From £25. Book on: 01934 636734. www.mwmarine.com


CHRISTMAS FAIR


Dyffryn Gardens, Nr St Nicholas 10am - 4pm. Christmas Fair & Grotto. Normal admission prices apply. Tel: 029 2059 3338. www.nationaltrust.org.uk


SANTA’S GROTTO Cwmcarn Forest Drive Visit Santa in his forest grotto. £5 per child includes gift. 10am - 3.30pm. Tel: 01495 272001 www.cwmcarnforest.co.uk


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