We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. Laura Ingalls Wilder
Start the countdown to the Festive Season
Start the countdown.....it is almost time for Christmas Lights to start brightening the winter skies around Carmarthenshire. Seeing the lights being switched on is a magical part of Christmas and really gets everyone in the Festive mood.
Llanelli Christmas lights switch on and Carnival is the biggest celebration in Carmarthenshire and thousands come out to line the streets to watch the Christmas parade and fireworks that signal the start of Christmas. Join in the fun on Friday November 19th.
The festivities take place on Saturday November 20th in Carmarthen, with the town lights & St. Catherine’s walk switch on taking place along with the reindeer parade in the afternoon.
A magical Christmas
Santa and his Elves are very busy making Christmas gifts and are looking for helpers at Carmarthen town Centre on Saturday November 20th
Between 1pm and 4pm Elf Stations will be positioned across the town, with free festive activities for children. Guildhall Square, Nott Square, Yr Atom, St Catherine’s Walk, Jackson’s Lane and Merlin’s Walk will all join in the fun with lots of free things to do and make throughout the afternoon.
Remember to bring along your letters to Santa to post.
Festival of senses
Nothing says Christmas like Llandeilo's Festival of senses, an annual event in Carmarthenshire's Christmas calendar. However, for a second year the festival is holding a virtual festival through Facebook, which began on November 1 and will run until November 30.
Usual stallholders can be found here and the local Llandeilo shops will be online here.
Meanwhile, to maintain some Christmas spirit Llandeilo Town Council has arranged a weekend of fun on November 26-28.
Llandeilo’s shops will be open for a festive weekend and the Christmas lights switch-on will also take place, including choir singers and a visit from Santa.
Shopping- gift ideas
Christmas in Carmarthenshire is a shoppers dream with special events offering the opportunity to find something different, from the Christmas Food and Craft Fayres at The National Botanic Garden of Wales to 100% Sir Gâr Christmas pop -up shops you are bound to find that a great stocking filler.
Get into the festive spirit as you browse the quality stalls from independent artists and craft makers. The glass house will be filled with tasty treats and unique gift ideas for all the family. Festive entertainment will provide the soundtrack to your day as you sip on a luxury hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine against the backdrop of the largest single-span glasshouse in the world on Saturday December 11th and Sunday December 12th.
100% Sir Gâr are running two pop -up shop full of festive cheer and gift ideas in the lead up to Christmas. Meet the makers and food producers from around Carmarthenshire in the pop-up shops in Carmarthen & Llanelli Town Centre.
If you want to keep the children entertained, Pembrey Christmas Fayre will be a great day out. Taking place on Saturday December 4th & Sunday December 5th, there will be craft stalls in the marquee for gift ideas, along with local choirs singing Christmas carols and performance groups throughout the weekend. Meet the Alpacas and of course the most important person, Santa, who’ll will be there for the weekend.
More Christmas Events
You can find more Christmas events and Festive fun on our What's on pages.