River of Light Lantern Parade in Caerphilly Town Centre

Whether you’ve got your lanterns ready or you’re excited about watching the magical glow of the beautful lanterns, you won’t want to miss Caerphilly’s infamous River of Light Lantern Parade this year. Especially, as this simply fabulous festive parade ends with a wonderful firework display that lights up our fantastic Caerphilly Castle!

 The parade starts at Caerphilly Train & Bus Station Park & Ride, then flows through the town to the rear of Caerphilly Castle (Crescent Road)

Participants will be accompanied by Samba dancers, Jazz bands and dancers creating a sea of colour through the town.  Bring your lantern along and take part in this annual event.

Enjoy some FREE family fun time and bring the children along to make a festive lantern ready for the Lantern Parade.  The workshops will be an enjoyable experience for the young and old, children can release their creative abilities and adults get the chance to behave like children and really get stuck in!

To find out more about the fantastic Christmas events running in and around the castle, please click below:

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle

Christmas Tree Festival 

Christmas Markets

Visiting Father Christmas

River of Light Lantern Parade

River of Light Lantern Workshops

Heading out over Christmas? Then, why not book your taxi with 1st Choice Caerphilly Taxi and enjoy a 20% off Christmas and New Year’s rates. Simply click here for details.

 

 

Visit Father Christmas in his Grotto at Caerphilly Castle in 2018

Winter is coming and things are looking really interesting at the iconic Caerphilly Castle in 2018. As part of their magical Christmas celebrations, there’s the chance to see Father Christmas in their fantastic, medieval castle – what better way to get into the Christmas spirit?

Indeed the town of Caerphilly will be alive with festive magic on the second weekend of December,  when you cannot only visit Father Christmas in his grotto but also take a walk around their famous Christmas Markets and enjoy a mulled wine or two. There will also be the amazing opportunity to skate on Caerphilly Castle’s first ever ice rink as well.   The perfect way to relax and enjoy the festivities within these stunning castle grounds.

The ticket price will include a present for your little one and their entry to the castle.

Tickets will be available to buy  at Caerphilly Castle from 1st November 2018. Please call 02920 883143.

To find out more about the fantastic Christmas events running in and around the castle, please click below:

Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle

Christmas Tree Festival 

Christmas Markets

Visiting Father Christmas

River of Light Lantern Parade

River of Light Lantern Workshops

Heading out over Christmas? Then, why not book your taxi with 1st Choice Caerphilly Taxi and enjoy a 20% off Christmas and New Year’s rates. Simply click here for details.

 

 

 

Holly at Christmas at Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities at Blackwood Miners’ Centre with their fantastic Holly at Christmas, the show that *is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies!*

Why not head along to hear Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and a selection of  Christmas songs that are sure to get you in the festive mood!

Whatever the season, whatever the excuse to party, make your Heartbeat a little faster with the show that has thousands of fans the world over saying: “I can’t believe it’s not Buddy!”

Please click here to book tickets.

Looking for some beautiful gifts this Christmas? Then, why not check out these two fantastic local craft pages – Sugar Plum Gifts and BookArt Gifts!

Hells Bells – Xmas Eve Special at Newbridge Memo

For the first time ever, the incredible Hells Bells are here to spice up your Christmas Eve! This electric band will pay homage to the legendary group AC/DC by covering all of their greatest hits in a true rock star fashion; from guitar riffs to top grade vocals, this band is sure to put a spark in your night before Christmas.

This event is 18+ only.

Bar open: 7.00pm | Event starts: 8.00pm | Tickets: £12.00 ADV / £15.00 door

Purchase tickets online or call our Box Office on 01495 243252 to enquire further.

Tickets http://www.newbridgememo.co.uk/en/whats-on/hells-bells/

Christmas Fancy Dress Run at Parc Penalta

Junior parkrun is a series of 2k runs for children aged between 4 and 14. They are held in areas of open space around the country. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. If you are not a junior. They also have runs for non-juniors  weekly on Saturday instead.

 

To make this event,  even more fun and join the lovely Junior Parkrun team on Christmas Eve morning and enjoy their weekly junior parkrun in your best Christmas Themed Fancy Dress!!

There will also be Christmas Music and chocolates for all the runners. Sounds like the perfect way to build up an appetite before the big day!  🙂

Why I still believe in Father Christmas…

  • My belly still gets butterflies, when I think back to the first days of Christmas as a child.

I was lucky that my mum had done some kind of deal with Father Christmas and the elves (I never asked), where he came and did our decorations personally. You simply went to bed one night and then when you woke up the next morning, bang – it was Christmas!

I would always walk down the stairs slowly.. I didn’t want to miss a thing. The tinsel on the stairs, the shine of the decorations and the Walla Walla (a Santa with a pulling string) who would be back in his usual spot – waiting to be played with. Year after year.

By the time I  opened the front room door; my heart would be ready to burst! The lights, the tree, the Santas, the nativity (with the Jesus my nephew  liked to steal) and the rubbish decorations I’d made at school. It was Christmas again and anything could happen!

Now; I do the same for my children.

And when I look at them,  I see the magic in their eyes. It rushes over me and I feel like a child again. I  feel my parents’ love pour over me and,  in that moment, I believe! I just believe!!

When it comes to Christmas, I don’t remember the presents..  But I remember the chocolate, the music,  the  laughter,  the fights over roast potatoes and, most of all, I remember the magic…

My mum used to get in debt every year to make Christmas special, but she didn’t have to. I loved her and I loved Christmas anyway. It is our traditions, our love, our stories that make this time of year magical. Not the gifts.

Magic kicks the arse out of presents because the greatest form of magic is love!!

And well, isn’t that what Father Christmas really is? Love?

Merry Christmas everyone xx

 

For my Mummy and Daddy ‘in the sky’. The best Father Christmasses that ever lived!

 

 

Santa’s Christmas Wish at Newbridge Memo

“Christmas is a season of joy, love and sharing, a time when Santa delivers presents all over the world… but what would Santa himself like for Christmas? Dasher the Reindeer has an idea… Pompom the Penguin thinks he knows… Or maybe Snowy the Snowman has the answer? Mrs Claus needs all of their help – and yours – to find out!

Join a fun, festive, musical adventure to give Santa the very best Christmas, then meet him at his home in the North Pole, where every child will receive a special present from Father Christmas in our popular meet, greet and treat, after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever!

Songs include festive favourites: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney, Frosty The Snowman, We Wish You A Merry Christmas..and many more!”

Santa’s Christmas Wish is a festive, song-filled, interactive family show, particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds. It lasts 40 minutes, followed by our special meet, greet and a special treat from Father Christmas himself!

Doors open: 3.30pm | show starts 4.00pm

Purchase tickets online or call our Box Office on 01495 243252 to enquire further.

Tickets: http://www.newbridgememo.co.uk/en/whats-on/santas-christmas-wish/