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Festive fun on your doorstep as city celebrates

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Swansea and there’s no need to travel far afield to enjoy the festive season in style.

Swansea Council has already hosted a spectacular city centre parade to usher in the festive season – a free event enjoyed by thousands of local residents – and this marked just the start of the seasonal offerings.

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The council says there are a whole host of attractions and activities on offer to ensure residents have a fantastic festive season right through until January.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “We’re helping local families celebrate Christmas with a range of top class activities and attractions. Some are free or low-cost so will help people at this difficult time for household budgets.”

Elliott King, cabinet member for culture and equalities, said: “Our Christmas festivities will help shine a focus on our city centre, attracting residents and visitors in order to support our many excellent businesses that continue to play a major role in our £1bn regeneration programme.”

All the fun of the fair at Swansea’s Winter Wonderland (Image: Swansea Council)

Bringing the feel of an Alpine village to the city is Waterfront Winterland, which runs until Sunday, January 8 and features rides, festive food and drink, and live music.

Located at Museum Park, the attraction includes a covered ice rink, an open-air ice walk along with a 33m Big Wheel offering spectacular views over Swansea.

For those still in the midst of festive shopping there’s the city centre Christmas Market which runs until Wednesday, December 21. It offers the chance to pick up a unique gift or to relax with a warm drink in the Bavarian Bar area.

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Entertainment at Swansea’s outdoor Christmas Market (Image: Swansea Council)

Thousands of gift options are also available in the Quadrant Shopping Centre, with its numerous high street stores.

And Christmas isn’t complete without panto so the timeless Beauty and the Beast is on at Swansea Grand Theatre until Sunday, January 15.

If festive tunes are just the thing to make your season go with a swing then the BBC Now Christmas Celebrations at the Brangwyn Hall on Wednesday, December 14, are a sure date for the diary.

The Friends of Oystermouth Castle are inviting music fans to join them on December 17 and 18 for Carols at the Castle.

The event will take place inside the grounds of Oystermouth Castle from noon-2pm and is free although donations are gratefully received.

Swansea’s Christmas calendar features a number of free and low-cost attractions to support families when household budgets are more stretched than ever.

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The National Waterfront Museum is free entry and is having a festive look all month. As part of its events it will host a Winter Vintage and Makers Market from December 9-11 – an opportunity to buy unique gifts or to pick up some ideas.

Swansea Museum has a number of free exhibitions and events including the Museum’s Mouse Trail to find 22 mice hidden around the site.

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery – free entry – is running an exhibition on major TV series His Dark Materials, featuring live music and workshops.

Meanwhile, Swansea’s public libraries are holding a host of festive events free of charge. They include a chance to make your own book-themed Christmas decoration at Central Library on Thursday, December 15, from 5-6pm.

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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