All the 2019 Christmas events happening in Bridgend, Porthcawl and Maesteg

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Bonfire night has been and gone and Halloween is a distant memory which can only mean one thing – Christmas is just around the corner.

And in Bridgend , Porthcawl and Maesteg , there are plenty of exciting festive events happening in the run up to the big day.

Here are the dates to put in your diary.



Santa in Bridgend
Santa in Bridgend

 

Bridgend Santa parade

It’s going to be a festive spectacular as Bridgend town centre transforms into a Christmas wonderland. Not only will Santa and his reindeers be flying into town, but you can also visit Santa’s grotto where you can meet the man himself.

The day will be packed with entertainment including jugglers, stilt walkers and live music and live music.

And then there’s the Christmas light switch on.

When? November 23

The CF31 Market Stalls will open at 10am and there will be music on the Bridge FM main stage on Queen Street

From 11am, Santa and his raindeers will fly into town proceeding along Queen Street, Caroline Street, Adare Street and Wyndham Street. The parade will land outside Carnegie House at 11am.

Santa’s Grotto will open to the public from 12pm and Santa will be handing out presents until 4pm.

Where?  Bridgend town centre

Bridgend Christmas lights

After a busy day of greeting locals and handing out early Christmas presents, Santa himself will switch on the festive lights and officially kick off Christmas.

When?  November 23 from 4.15pm

Where?  Queen Street

Santa’s Grotto

After a busy day on November 23, Santa’s Grotto will be open for an extra four days handing out presents.

Entrance for each child is £6 which includes a visit to Santa, a chance to take a photo and a gift of your choice.

Bookings can be made in advance at carnegiehouse.co.uk or Carnegie House, Wyndham Street from 10am to 4pm each Saturday.

When?  The Grotto is open on November 23 from 12pm to 4pm and again on November 30, December 7 and 14 from 10am until 4pm

Where?  Santa’s Grotto outside Carnegie House on Wyndham Street.



Porthcawl Christmas Day Swim 2018

Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

For many, it’s the highlight of the festive period. Around 1,200 people will brave the cold Welsh waters and take to to the sea for a morning swim and even more will watch on.

2019 marks the 55th year of the annual Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim and organisers announced in August that their headline charity for this year’s event will be Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.

This year’s theme hasn’t been revealed yet, but as always – fancy dress is encouraged, but not mandatory.

When?  December 25. Registration takes place at 10.30am and swimmers get into the sea at 11.45am

Where?  Coney Beach, Porthcawl.

Porthcawl Jingle Bells parade

Christmas will officially begin at the Porthcawl Jingle Bells parade.

As well as live music, there will be a pop-up market and food stalls, street entertainment, face painting, children’s’ rides and Bridge FM stage.

In the evening, the parade featuring the Porthcawl Christmas Brass Band, Santa Samba and of course Santa himself will make its way through the town centre.

When?  November 29 from 3.30pm to 9pm. The parade will begin at 6pm.

Where?  Porthcawl town centre. The parade will begin at the top of John Street.

Porthcawl Christmas Cracker

For more festivities, head down to the Porthcawl Christmas Cracker where you will find a pop-up Christmas market, food, children’s’ rides and a snow storm and a brass band.

You can even meet Santa and his elves.

When?  December 8 from 11am to 4pm.

Where?  John Street car park, John Street, Well Street and Walk About Parade.



Snow White at the Grand Pavilion

 

Snow White 

Christmas isn’t complete without a pantomime and what better way to get in the festive spirit than with the fairest pantomime of them all?

Once again, the Grand Pavilion will have all the ingredients for a perfect family panto, with a dastardly villain, a hapless comic and a hilarious panto dame, as well as spectacular sets and costumes, fabulous songs and dances, and bags of slapstick fun.

All tickets £15 and can be booked at grandpavilion.co.uk.

When?  Opening weekend is December 14 and 15.

December 27 at 5pm will be a BSL performance.

January 3 at 10.30am will be a relaxed performance specifically for children and adults who require extra physical, sensory, learning and behavioural support.

Where?  Grand Pavilion.

An evening of crafts, songs and refreshments

Bridgend and Porthcawl fundraising group for Marie Curie is hosting an evening of entertainment with choral group Sounds Familiar performing.

There will be refreshments including hot chocolate and mince pies and there will be craft stalls with a Christmas theme.

When?  November 22 from 7.30pm until 10.30pm.

Where?  Bridgend United Church.

Maesteg Christmas parade and lights

When?  November 30. Light switch on is 4.30pm

Where?  Maesteg Town Centre

Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race

This year the 10k race will take place on a new multi-terrain route but most of the original features – including the Big Dipper – are still included.

There are prizes for the first man and woman to the top of the big dipper and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd man and woman to finish.

All pre-entered finishers receive a festive Christmas pudding for their efforts or you can ask for the cost of the pudding to be donated to a food bank.

There will also be mulled wine and mince pies available.

Online entry is £20 for affiliated runners or £22 for non-affiliated runners and the main charity this year is the Bridgend Community Bereavement Support.

When?  December 8.

Where?  Starting and finishing at Candleston Car Park, Merthyr Mawr



Visit Green Santa this Christmas

 

Green Santa

Green Santa will be visiting Bryngarw again this year and it’s certainly going to be a magical Christmas experience.

Entry is £15 per child, which includes craft making before seeing Santa, three minutes per child with Santa and a Green Santa toy to go home.

Adults go free but entry must be pre-booked online.

When?  November 30 and December 1.

Where?  Bryngarw Country Park.

Wooden Reindeer Trail

Santa has lost his reindeer in Bryngarw – can you help find them?

Collect your map from the visitor centre along with your bag of reindeer food and then head out onto the trail to find the lost reindeer. Collect a sticker for each reindeer before heading back to write and post a letter to Santa letting him know the good news.

Entry is £3.50 per child. You can pay on the day and it is cash only.

The trail takes about 30 to 40 minutes and is muddy in parts.

Due to the terrain parts of the trail are not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

When?  December 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 11am until 3pm.

Where?  Bryngarw Country Park.



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