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.
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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.