The goings on in and around Bridgend

The BIG Bridgend Christmas blog 2017

It's the most wonderful time of the year… and without a doubt the busiest! The relentless Christmas shopping, the endless invites and the need to meet a million and one dietary requirements for the family lunch can take their toll. But stress no more! With our BIG guide you needn't fuss over finding festive things to do.

From a giant snow globe experience to the annual Christmas pudding race, you won't be bored in Bridgend this Christmas.

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Christmas Lights Switch On, 25th November
This is it - Christmas officially starts here! Santa and his reindeer will be flying into town and parading around before arriving in Santa's Grotto in Carnegie House. Kids will have the opportunity to visit the resting reindeer before joining Bridge FM's Lee Jukes as he lights up Bridgend with Father Christmas and 50 little angels in toe!
Saturday 25th November, 10.30am - 5pm

Bridgend's 1940s Christmas! 2nd December
Bridgend's town centre will be travelling seventy years into the past to enjoy a very traditional 1940s Christmas! There will be a variety of fun and educational stalls including 1940's candle, stocking and decoration making. You can also expect kids' crafts, exhibitions, live music and much, much more!
Saturday 2nd December, 10am - 4pm

A White Christmas in Bridgend, 9th December
Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas this year? Well get ready for all your dreams to come true on Saturday the 9th of December! Kids will have the opportunity to slip inside a giant snow globe, have their picture taken, watch a magical ice sculpture being carved and play in the magical snowy flurries. 
Saturday 9th of December, 11am - 2pm

Bryngarw Reindeer Trail, 9-17 December
Santa has lost his reindeer in Bryngarw - can you help find them? Collect your map, make up your own cup of reindeer food and then head out on the trail to find the reindeer! Collect a sticker for each reindeer before heading back to make a reindeer craft to take home! £3 per child.
Weekends of 9-10 and 16-17 of December, 11am - 3pm

Merthyr Mawr Christmas Pudding Race, 10 December
The tastiest race is back! Sadly you're already too late to book a place in this popular annual race, but you're more than welcome to come and watch as a group of brave souls look to tackle a challenging 6 mile run that begins with an ascent of the mighty 'Big Dipper' sand dune. Importantly, mulled wine and mince pies will be made available to all!
Sunday 10th December, 10am

Porthcawl Christmas Day Swim, 25th December
Yes, it seems people are still interested in stripping down to their trunks and wading into the UK seas in late December. Taking place on Monday 10:30am - 1pm you can join in with the 53rd annual Christmas Morning Swim to help raise money for local Macmillan Cancer Support. Fancy dress is optional but very much recommended!
Monday 25 December, 10:30am - 1pm

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