As the decorations are being put up and the lights switched on across The Valleys, here are some of our favourite events where you can be certain of a great, family day out.
Chase the Christmas Pudding Festival Family Fun Run – 24 November
Get out your festive costumes, chasing a giant Christmas Pudding all while having fun and raising vital funds for the Hospice.
Wooden Reindeer Trail, Bryngarw Country Park – 7/8, and 14/15 December
Help Father Christmas find his reindeer – and explore Bryngarw Country Park – fresh air and fun!
Santa’s Toy Mine – Welsh Mining Experience Rhondda Heritage Park – 23 November to 24 December
A magical journey to meet Father Christmas along with opportunities to get crafty and to check out locally made gifts. Also chocolate making with Chocolate House and more.
Santa Specials – Brecon Mountain Railway – 28 November to 22 December and Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway – Weekends through December
Enjoy a magical ride on a steam train, eat mince pies and meet Father Christmas – a treat for the whole family.
Ice Skating at Caerphilly Castle – 6 December to 5 January
Enjoy a magical experience skating within the walls of Caerphilly Castle – wonderful.
Breakfast with Santa at Bedwellty House, Tredegar – Weekends through December
Enjoy a family breakfast prepared by Mrs Claus before making your way to the Ice House Grotto – a unique experience for those wanting to meet Santa this year.
River the Light Parade, Caerphilly – 19 December
A magical parade of light and music – culminating with fireworks. You can be part of it by going along to the lantern making sessions on the 14 and 15 December.
Check the events page or our Facebook page for lots more ideas this Christmas.