Santa Claus is coming to town!
Are you looking for a sprinkle of festive magic?
Are the kids dreaming of seeing Santa this Christmas? From enchanting grottos to carnival fun, let us take away some of the seasonal stresses with our guide of where to see Santa this Christmas.
Folly Farm goes all out with their Santa’s grotto. On weekends in November and December until 17th December 2017, not only do they have the main man himself but you can meet his reindeer too. And the Folly Farm elves are on hand to bring that extra little bit of sparkle to your grotto experience. He's brought gifts for the little ones. Plus there's mulled wine and a mince pie for the adults which always helps spread the Christmas cheer.
Make sure you get your ticket for The Elf Express at Vincent Davies. Between the 2nd and 21st December book a carriage on the Elf Express and discover if you truly believe in the magic of Christmas. The event will include a drink on arrival, Christmas buffet for all, festive fun, meet & greet with Santa and his Elves plus gifts & goodies.
Saundersfoot Christmas Festival is another great place to meet Santa - he’ll be in his grotto on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December from 12noon. Why not arrive early and pick up a few last minute presents from the market and the surrounding shops.
Oriel y Parc is hosting their Christmas Market on Saturday 2nd December. Meet Santa in his Christmas grotto and receive a gift - charged at £2 per child then browse the varied stalls of the local producers, have some Christmas cheer with mulled wine, minced pies, face painting plus live music.
As part of Cardigan Festive Fortnight, Cardigan Castle will be holding their Christmas Fair over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd December. There will be stalls, fairground rides and donkeys and of course a visit from Father Christmas all in the historic setting of Cardigan Castle.
Picton Castle host their Magical Family Christmas on the 9-10th and 16-17th December. Tour the magically decorated Castle, visit Santa’s Workshop and then meet Santa himself who, it goes without saying, will have a gift for every child. But, children beware! Have you heard of Krampus, Santa’s mythical companion? This festive little demon will also be hiding within the Castle, and he will be letting Santa know who has been naughty…and who has been nice! This is a ticketed event.
Santa and his little helpers will be visit Milford Marina on 9th December. Come and meet Santa in his grotto and have your photo taken in his snow globe at Milford Haven Museum. The fun starts at 11am.
Kickstart your festive celebrations at Tenby’s annual Santa Run where there is guaranteed to be a flurry of Santas. It’s a Santa experience with a difference and doesn’t cost a penny to go and watch!
This year organisers are hoping for more than 200 entrants to run through the streets, raising money for local and national charities. If you’re feeling energetic you can enter too!
The event is taking place on Saturday 2nd December, from noon. Go on, it’s not too late to enter
Alternatively you could try the 2017 Christmas Pudding Run. Held on Sunday 3rd December from 12 noon, it is a 10km road run from the beautiful village of Broad Haven. There's still time to enter but make sure you do so by midnight on 30th November.
All entrants will receive a Christmas pudding on finishing the run. The event is licensed by the Welsh Athletics Association (WAA) and will be measured to exactly 10km. Fancy dress is optional, so we expect to see a few people dressed as Father Christmas!
There will also be complimentary mulled wine and mince pies for all entrants after the run at The Ocean cafe. There will be prizes for the 1st Male and Female runners in each age category and also for the Best Dressed Runner.
For something a little different, step back centuries and celebrate the festive season 1500s style at the Tudor Merchants House in Tenby. Learn more about the 12 days of Christmas, Tudor traditions and meet our Lord of Misrule. From the 9th December and weekends until Christmas.
Or head over to Scolton Manor for a Victorian Christmas. On 9th & 10th December the manor house will be decorated for a yuletide past. Between 11am and 4pm each day, come along to meet Mrs Claus in the Victorian Christmas Grotto, and take part in a range of Christmas crafts, trails and quizzes.
There’s also festive fun for families outdoors! Follow the Festive Fairy Door Trail around the grounds and discover the winter elves.
Where ever you go to see Santa this year make sure you share your pictures with us on Facebook and Twitter - Merry Christmas!