Great days out in South Wales this Christmas
1. A FLEDGLING musical group will put on a sparkler of a show at Neath’s Nidum Arts Centre on Friday. Stars Musical Theatre Group presents its first Christmas show from 7pm.
2. An uplifting carol session in on the cards on Saturday from 7.30pm at Brynhyfryd’s Manselton Hotel.
3. Christmas arrives at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall in a whirl of sequins and feathers, as The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia perform. The Nutcracker unfolds from Friday until Monday.
4. Families can enjoy the bright lights of Swansea’s Waterfront Winterland over the weekend and the Christmas period, with the rides running up until January 6. On Thursday the rides run from 12 noon until 10pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday they are on from 10am to 10pm, on Christmas Eve they run from 10am to 7pm and they are closed on Christmas day, to reopen at 12noon on Boxing Day.
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5. Swansea Philosophy group will chew the fat at 7.30pm, with one of their regular Thursday meetings going ahead today at Swansea’s Noah’s Yard Café. All are welcome at the Uplands venue to join in.
6. The highlight of the festive musical calendar for many, the Christmas Candlelight Concert flickers into life at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. In a hall lit by flickering candles, Alwyn Humphreys introduces a programme of themed music, with The Chamber Orchestra of Wales, soprano Roz Evans and the Chamber Orchestra of Wales Chorale.
7. Vying with It’s A Wonderful Life for the title of Most Heartwarming Christmas Movie ever, Miracle on 34th Street will warm the cockles on Sunday, with a screening at Swansea's National Waterfront Museum. With a very glamorous Maureen O’Hara and a cute, six-year-old Natalie Wood, this 1947 version of the tale is a looker, but being a Christmas movie the message is the thing. The story unfolds between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in a New York city bustling with seasonal shoppers. A department store Santa Claus causes much commotion by claiming to be the real Father Christmas. The free screening is on at 2.30pm.
8. Swansea’s big panto, Cinderella, brings a hail of glitter and tinsel to Swansea's Grand Theatre at the moment. Chico gives his all as Prince Charming, with Mike Doyle and Kevin Johns adding some comic seasoning. Performances go ahead at 2pm and 7pm, with some at 6pm too. Check ahead with the venue.
9. Class Act Theatre School awakens an annual favourite at the moment — the magical tale of a princess and a curse, Sleeping Beauty. That one plays out at Pontardawe Arts Centre, at 7pm, running until Saturday, December 22.
10. Enjoy a head-clearing jaunt in a Romanian forest, thanks to Melanie Tomlinson, one of the crafters whose work is on show at Swansea’ Mission Gallery, Gloucester Place. On until January 6, Padurea Romaneasca gathers pieces inspired by folklore and travels in Transylvania.
11. Jimmy Carr enacts his Gagging Order at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on Sunday, from 8pm, finishing at 10pm