St Ni­cholas Day cel­e­bra­tion at Park

Carmarthen Journal - - News -

GELLI Aur Coun­try Park will be host­ing a St Ni­cholas Day cel­e­bra­tion to­mor­row.

St Ni­cholas, the orig­i­nal Santa Claus, is tra­di­tion­ally hon­oured on this date across Europe with fes­tiv­i­ties that in­cluded feast­ing and gift giv­ing.

Golden Grove, in Llan­deilo, will be mark­ing St Ni­cholas Day with a range of sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties and fes­tive food and drink in the cafe.

Golden chair­man mon said: Grove Trust Richard Sal“St Ni­cholas Day rep­re­sents a an­cient cel­e­bra­tion Christ­mas it­self.

“It wasn’t un­til well af­ter the present man­sion at Golden Grove was built that Christ­mas be­came the oc­ca­sion that we would recog­nise to­day.

“I hope ev­ery­one en­joys our mix of the spirit of old and new for our first St Ni­cholas Day party.”

The his­toric Gelli Aur Ar­bore­tum will be can­dlelit for the oc­ca­sion.

Vis­i­tors can take walks through the ar­bore­tum, guided by the can­dles and more than see its col­lec­tion of rare trees. Stay­ing on the theme of trees, the event will also fea­ture the switch­ing on of the Gelli Aur Christ­mas tree.

The Golden Grove Trust will also be wel­com­ing for­mer Hawk­wind band mem­ber Thomas Crim­ble in quite a new role – as Saint Ni­cholas, or as we more usu­ally know him, Fa­ther Christ­mas.

Fa­ther Crim­ble will be per­form­ing the tra­di­tional Santa role of hand­ing out gifts and pos­ing for yule­tide self­ies. Vis­its to Santa will cost £4, to in­clude a gift.

The cafe will be serv­ing a spe­cial fes­tive menu that in­cludes soup, mince pies, tur­key and stuff­ing rolls and mulled wine. Other drinks and snacks will also be avail­able.

The cel­e­bra­tions kick off at 5.30pm and the light­ing of the tree will be at 6pm, af­ter which Fa­ther Christ­mas will ready for call­ers.

Golden Grove will be open every day over the hol­i­days from 10am un­til 5pm, ex­cept for Christ­mas Day.

Pic­ture: Robert Me­len

Golden Grove, in Llan­deilo, is host­ing St Ni­cholas Day cel­e­bra­tions to­mor­row.

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