The goings on in and around Bridgend

The BIG Bridgend Christmas blog 2016

Have you decked the halls? Christmas shopping list sorted? Michael Buble in the CD player? Good. Now is the time to sit back with a glass of something hot (or alcoholic) and enjoy our BIG Christmas blog...

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A Christmas in Wales (Sunday the 20th of November)
This Sunday Porthcawl's Grand Pavilion is offing you the chance to kick start your festive season with a showing of A Christmas in Wales. For more information and to book tickets visit

Christmas in Bridgend (Saturday the 26th of November)

Santa and his reindeer fly into Bridgend town centre at 11am and will parade around town before arriving at Santa's Grotto in Carnegie House on Wyndham Street. Come and meet the reindeer before heading back to the town centre for 4.15pm for the big Christmas light switch on in Dunraven Place (outside Barclays Bank).

Carols in the Pavilion (Monday the 28th of November)
Count down to Christmas with this traditional carol sing-along! There will be a bucket collection with proceeds to the Mayor of Porthcawl's charities of Ty Hafan, KRUF Porthcawl, PAWS and Porthcawl Museum. Tickets cost £5.

Santa at Wiggley's Fun Farm (1st - 21st December)
Santa's here at Wiggleys throughout December. Meet Santa in his grotto From Thursday 1st Dec till Wednesday 21st Dec (11am to 12pm Weekdays and school holidays: 12pm to 2:30pm). Entrance fee is £3 but that'll include a bit of face time with Santa and a small present to take home!

Elfsteddfod (Saturday the 10th of December)
Come along and join in the family fun at the annual Elfsteddfod. Highlights include the world record elf conga, Elf workshops, face painting and more. Come dressed in red or green and the first 1,000 elves get a hat! Plus have your photo taken in the GIANT BRIDGEND BAUBLE!

Christmas Pudding Race (Sunday the 11th of December)
Steve Ovett and JPR Williams are just a few of the legendary athletes who have used the sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend as a base for their training and especially the highest dune, the mother of all sand dunes, the highest in Europe, known to one and all as "The Big Dipper". Running up it is a harsh challenge just in itself, but the fun continues with an eventual second long climb, off road rough moorland, and several streams towards the finish!

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