South Wales Echo - - CURTAIN RAISER -

S we haven’t waved good­bye to sum­mer just yet, Christ­mas might be the last thing on your mind.

But if you’re al­ready look­ing to get some fes­tive events in the di­ary, you’re in luck.

Many places are al­ready tak­ing book­ings for fes­tive fun events so it’s time to start get­ting or­gan­ised, filling the di­ary with treats ga­lore and get­ting in the Christ­mas spirit.

Ho ho ho.

Where: City Hall lawns When: The rink opens on Novem­ber 9 and will open for eight and a half weeks. It will end on Jan­uary 7, 2018.

Tick­ets: They are on sale now. Prices start at £8.50 for adults and £7 for chil­dren. Visit Cardiff­swin­ter­won­der­land.com or call 0333 666 3366.

As well as the un­der­cover ice rink, the gi­ant wheel and other fair­ground rides re­turn, plus there will be food and drink on of­fer in the au­then­tic Alpine Vil­lage and the cosy, at­mo­spheric Bierkeller.

The ice-skat­ing pen­guin pop­u­la­tion has also in­creased this year, and for the first time they can be pre-booked for tod­dlers who need a lit­tle ex­tra sup­port on the ice.

From Aladdin to Cin­derella and all the panto fairy­tales in be­tween, you can get tick­ets to see your favourites right now. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs Where: New The­atre, Cardiff When: De­cem­ber 9 to Jan­uary 14. Tick­ets: 029 20787 8889. Sa­man­tha Wo­mack, Gareth Thomas, Mike Doyle, for­mer X Fac­tor star Chico and Stephanie Web­ber will bring the panto to life with an abun­dance of comedy and mu­sic, dance num­bers, fab­u­lous stun­ning scenery.

Throw in a mag­i­cal mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beau­ti­ful princess, a hand­some prince and plenty of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion as we out­wit the Wicked Queen, then you have a glit­ter­ing fes­tive treat for all ages. cos­tumes and

Where: Cardiff. When: De­cem­ber 12 to 31. Tick­ets: 029 2063 6464. Based on Ray­mond Briggs’ muchloved sto­ry­book, The Bear is a heart­warm­ing and hu­mor­ous win­try tale fea­tur­ing daz­zling pup­petry, de­li­cious mu­sic, dreamy sto­ry­telling, and dozens of laughs.

It’s a great op­tion for the whole fam­ily and The Bear is also a per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to the­atre for lit­tle peo­ple.

Wales Mil­len­nium Cen­tre,

Where and when: De­cem­ber 1: St Davids Hall, Cardiff (029 2087 8444)

Tick­ets: Tick­ets can be pur­chased from www.tick­et­mas­ter.co.uk and

Where: Pant Sta­tion, Merthyr Tyd­fil, Mid Glam­or­gan, CF48 2DD.

When: Novem­ber 25 to De­cem­ber 23. Tick­ets: 01685 722988. Visit Fa­ther Christ­mas over the fes­tive sea­son and ride the rail­way to his grotto!

You’ll travel by steam hauled train from Pant Sta­tion to Santa’s Grotto in Pontsti­cill where ev­ery­one - chil­dren and adults - will re­ceive a present from Fa­ther Christ­mas.

Grown-ups get mulled wine and mince pies, too!

Where: Chep­stow Race Course When: De­cem­ber 27 Tick­ets: 01291 622260. Watch the ac­tion and place a few bets at one of the big­gest horse races of the year. There is a range of ex­cit­ing en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the day to en­sure you have a fun post Christ­mas day out.

There’s some­thing for all the fam­ily with a Christ­mas choir, hu­man stat­ues and face painters for the chil­dren. Where: St Davids’ Hall, Cardiff When: De­cem­ber 12 to 16. Tick­ets: 029 2087 8444. A spe­cial per­for­mance from the Tid­dly Prom team fea­tur­ing fes­tive favourites in an in­ter­ac­tive live mu­si­cal show aimed at the un­der fives.

Bert, Cherry and their mu­si­cal friends are re­united in a lively tale with lots of silly songs to sing along to.

Where: Blue­stone, Pem­brokeshire. When: Novem­ber 6 - Jan­uary 7 Tick­ets: Visit the Blue­stone web­site The King­dom of the Elves is back at the Pem­brokeshire at­trac­tion and book­ings are now be­ing taken for Christ­mas fam­ily breaks from Novem­ber 6 to Jan­uary 7, which in­cludes free tick­ets to the king­dom.

There’s a host of dif­fer­ent breaks which range from Santa’s Work­shop to the Elves’ Christ­mas Din­ner Show and Ru­dolph’s Break­fast Bar.

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